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CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta, Be Like A Rasta

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CHRISTAFARIANISM
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“Don’t Be A Rasta, Be Like A Rasta”
An analysis of and alternative to the meditations of Christafari
WRITTEN BY MESSIAN DREAD, THE NETHERLANDS, OCTOBER 2001 - OCTOBER 2004 Published by the Center for Research on Christianity

This essay preceeded the book “The Mystery Of Christafarianism. Visit http://crc.dubroom.org/christafari.htm for more information and e-books about Christafarianism. The writer can be contacted by visiting http://www.dubroom.com

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CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta, Be Like A Rasta" CONTENTS 01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 12. 13. FOREWORD…………………………………………………………………………………….5 FOUNDATION ……………………………………………………………………………….7 ENTER XIANITY …………………………………………………………………………….9 ENTER CHRISTAFARI ………….………………………………………………………..13 ENTER CHRISTAFARIANISM…………………………………………………………...17 CHRISTAFARIANISM: BE LIKE A RASTA…………………………….……………..23 ENTER RASTAFARI ………………………………………………………………………..35 CHRISTAFARIANISM: DON’T BE A RASTA …………………………………………39 ENTER THE CHRISTAFARIANS ………………………………………………………41 HOW TO WITNESS TO A CHRISTAFARIAN ..……...……………………..……….49 AFTERWORD …………………….…………………………………………………………..53 AN UNUSUAL INDEX OF SUBJECTS, QUOTES AND THOUGHTS .…………..55 APPENDIX ………………………………….………………………………………………..59

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CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta, Be Like A Rasta" FOREWORD Most people would define the movement of Rastafari as a religious movement that worships Haile Selassie as God or Christ. Why? This definition is used as foundation in many Christian answers to Rastafari. In this essay I would like to share with you my meditation about the message of the well-known Christian Reggae band Christafari, one of these "answers". This could arguably be the first serious study of the whole Christafari phenomena. It’s not written in one or two hours. Not even in one or two years! What you have before you is the result of a very long, intense and painful process. In a way, the most painful part was actually to finish and publish this paper. But the necessity is bigger then the pain. The pain is, that the results of my research and analysis led me to take the inevitable conclusion that Christafarianism is a weak philosophy with strange fruits, as it is based on many errors. This is not nice to say about the philosophy of someone whom I have nothing against and whose faith I do not deny either. The necessity is therefore self-evident. I have been researching and analysing for years. Sometimes observing from a distance. And sometimes participating in discussions with opponents as well as supporters of Christafari. We are talking about something very controversial here; something of which everyone involved in the relationship between Christianity and Rastafari has an opinion of. The intention of this essay is to provide an in-depth analysis of and alternative view to “Christafarianism” as defined in the text. It is in no way to be seen or used as an attempt to question the faith of Christafari’s founder Mark Mohr or his person. I hope that this essay will enlighten those who have been influenced by Christafarianism, causing them to condemn the Rastafarian movement without having the proper information to make that kind of judgment, with some very tragic fruits as a result. I've written it for Christians, Rastafarians or not, who are interested in the relationship of Rastafari and Christianity. I’ve written it for everybody else who is interested in Christafari for any reason too. Everything is written from a biblically conscious point, so if you don't like essays that study bible scriptures, don't try to read it.

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according to this person himself. I believe it is the teachings of His Majesty. that seems fair. I think it is very important to see what His Majesty had to say about the movement of Rastafari. could we be speaking here about Christians who believe that the Saviour has already come back? 1 2 3 4 Link to audio file: http://www.htm Link: http://groups. Being the subject of the movement. you are worshipping God wrong. Haile Selassie tried to lead the movement of Rastafari into the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC). Let me tell you what I think Selassie meant. but a requirement for baptism in this church was and is that one renounces the believe in His Majesty as Christ. but a clear message anyway: "Who am I to deny their faith?3".org/articles/0002. re-published online in The Dubroom2 . a message unfortunately not overstood by many.com/TwelveTribesLiv eUp/134thchristianking. is not a part of the Divine Trinity. a key to a closer overstanding4 of this comp lex matter. but it is not. of which he as Ethiopian King was the Head.msnw “Overstanding” rather than “understanding” 7 .msn. Because regardless whether Selassie is Christ returned or not. At first sight this looks contradictory. Selassie answered when asked about Rastafarians who worshipped him as God. people who worship him do that because they believe him to be JAH. And something different then to “deny the faith” of these. for it is very important in this reasoning. for Kristos has not returned yet and Selassie. that Haile Selassie himself has taught us about the relationship between Rastafari and Christianity.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. Yes. at JAH. It is actually a crucial remark. as Selassie called them. according to his own words as well. and man should not worship man.org/rastafari/mp3/selassie67onbeingchrist. the fact remains that the faith is aimed at Yesus.dubroom. "I have met certain Rastafarians. I have told them clearly that I am a mortal man. As an article from Dub Missive. So the faith is directed at JAH only it comes out at the wrong person. In essence. But that is just one part.1 " Selassie knew that the Rastafarian movement did not only consist of those worshipping him as God. Let Ras Tafari speak about Rastafari! First he said. Be Like A Rasta" FOUNDATION It is my meditation. I believe that he also gave a clear message to the Christian world. Selassie did not want to be worshipped as Christ as he denied that he was Christ. I also have checked this personally by asking questions to priests of the Ethiopian Church. On the other hand. shows. that if you believe that Selassie is Christ. he said "certain Rastafarians". Even though Selassie is not Jah. It is obvious that Selassie didn’t want to be worshipped as Christ. “certain Rastafarians”.mp3 Link: http://dubroom. as well as our Brother in Christ and a very wise man gifted by Jah.

Be Like A Rasta" I also know a lot of Christians who believe Yesus returned around the year 70 in Jerusalem. instead of worshipping God wrong? And what to say about those numerous members of the movement. 5 This particular believe is called “Preterism” 8 . who do not believe Selassie to be any Incarnation of JAH? These are arguments to make someone think again before denying the faith of “the” Rastafarians. when the Roman soldiers of Babylon destroyed the temple 5 .CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. Now. I know that the Saviour hasn't returned yet. Arguments provided by Haile Selassie himself. and I reason with my brethren and sistren over this I-tinually. But when you believe that the Saviour has come back and you want to worship the Saviour. would you be worshipping a wrong God. whether they are Rasta or not.

it is not always very easy to discern between genuine Christianity and Babylon Xianity as many genuine believers in the Divine Saviour have been infected by it. as I have seen people naming this form of religion that has for many Rastafarians always been the clearest example of Babylon system perverting the Name of the Creator. Regardless of your position. and why they do what they do. I do not. It must be said at this place. Now. that is by establishing the unreal conclusion that Rastafari is always connected with the believe that Haile Selassie is God incarnated in the flesh6 . it is pretty important to realize this fundamental difference in approach of the movement of Rastafari. 6 Link to just one example: http://www. the evangelicals have a sound view on the Person of Yesus Kristos and Xianity obviously preaches a false Christ. however. keeping the system in power and the people in slavery can be found throughout the whole system of “churches”. To understand where Christafari comes from. it is important to know something about the evangelical movement. A clear indication of an attitude that is aimed at condemning the unknown without being hindered by any form of knowledge or tact.org/profile/rastapro. Or “X-ianity”. Especially in the Evangelical world there is a very extreme hierarchical kind of thinking.htm 9 . yet it seems only Rastafarians actually recognize this.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. Also a great fear for other cultures as many within the Western Evangelical Movement have absolutely no idea what the difference is between a culture and a religion. You have a “Selassiean Approach” if you will. Be Like A Rasta" ENTER XIANITY The evangelical world. Babylonian way of thinking. do I see the evangelical movement as being similar to Xianity? No. Generally spoken. including those that do believe Selassie to be God and those who believe something different. An important difference. Unfortunately the Evangelicals seem to have not researched the movement well enough and they stopped where they thought they had to stop. The Pentecostal church is originally a black church and can be considered a part of the world wide evangelical movement. So where Haile Selassie stated “who am I to deny their faith?” western Christianity does actually do this by putting Rastafari in the “idol worshippers category”. denominations” and what have you.watchman. I grew up in a Pentecostal enviroment. has a totally different view on Rastafari. and the approach of western Christianity.

teachers. That was the beginning of Xianity: Babylon Sponsored Christianity. are built up a spiritual house (1Pe 2:5) But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master. direct “line” to the Most High. Until a Roman Emperor at war had a dream. et cetera. He saw the symbol of the cross and he heard a voice: “You will conquer under this symbol”. The true church will never be found in a man-made structure. Yesus explicitly warned for these “mediators” and “spiritual leaders”8 . in the middle of a fight. After He went back to His Godly estate. after a while it becomes clear that true Christianity stands for a personal. Still members of the true church can be found in the false ones.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. Not to mention the use of very authoritative hierarchical systems when it comes to organizing the churches. Where this may sound confusing at first. This all in complete contradiction to the Biblical message of freedom and equality. Many of them never visit such a building and yet are definitely true followers of the Lord God JAH. there are many Babylonian influences to be found in the evangelical movement. imams. It was love that kept them together.. (. (Matthew 23:8&10. why is it difficult to discern between the true and the false church. This as opposed to every other religion. where the “false churches” are all over the place. but not necessarily. preachers. Everyone can have a personal relationship with the Creator without the mediation of another human being. Yesus Kristos. King James Version) 10 . Made possible by the works of Yesus Kristos. They can be found in buildings called church. whether built by stones or by philosophies7 . Among His followers there was equality. [even] Christ. the Messiah. Now. shamen. Christians gathered in houses. . the evangelicals form one of the many reform movements aimed at taking the people out of the ungodly Babylonian system into a genuine form of worshipping the Father through Kristos. The false churches will be found in buildings. as lively stones. In the middle of the night. between Christianity and Xianity? Because you cannot localize the “true church”. Emperor Constantine officially turned the Roman Empire into a “Christian Empire”. JAH Incarnated in the flesh. 7 8 Ye also.. The true church consists out of the total sum of believers in the Divine Saviour.) Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master. They were persecuted by the system because they were labeled as subversive. But on the other hand. where you have all kinds of : priests. Many evangelical churches make use of marketing schemes in their proselyting efforts. Be Like A Rasta" In fact. and all ye are brethren. he saw the light. [even] Christ. the early church continued in this practice.

They make a difference between the “White Geezus” (a false Christ) on the one hand. but I think that it is fair to establish. the evangelicals seem to be among of the few in Christianity to have a big focus on spreading the Good News. this person is therefore a member of the Babylonian Christianity. but actively promotes it as “the way creation is made”. Meaning: you shouldn’t do this or that. And every Christian who is involved in Rastafari in whatever situation should at least be aware of this. Many within the evangelical world. And with that. that includes questioning “authority” as they like to summarize their system of “pastors”. Be Like A Rasta" Basically. they can tell you Who Yesus is and that we all need the Saviour. do however deny the faith of the Rastafarians because they think that the Rastas talk about the Divine Saviour when they speak about the Babylonian White Geezus. and the circle is round again. “preachers” and what have you. that is the story of Christianity: Babylon infiltrates. Now. Then people rise up against that and go back to the pure form of Christianity again: they organize. The truth is that it doesn’t matter which “church” you belong to. because it is the Person that matters. devil philosophy. you have to be in their culture. that the movement of Rastafari has rightfully made a difference between the white geezus and the Divine Saviour. because he says: “Who am I to deny their faith?” A faith obviously aimed at the Creator. which is a school example of a Babylonian church. It goes too far to make an in-depth analysis of Christianity as opposed to Xianity. and “Yesus Kristos” on the other. Babylon through Xianity has made sure that the evangelicals would not know the difference between religion and culture. You can’t therefore say that just because someone is a member of an evangelical church. it matters if you personally believe in Yesus Kristos. the message of JAH Love. Babylon enters. unfortunately. in the Divine Saviour. 11 . Haile Selassie was. Rastafarians speak about the “White Geezus” where they refer to this image of Yesus Kristos Babylon tries to get in the heads of the people: A “Jesus” that not only tolerates the corruption and anti-freedom philosophy. The Rastafarians know about this all. Yes. Yesus Kristos. Much better then most who regard themselves to be Christians. and. corrupts and uses for her own purposes. And it doesn’t matter if you call Him Jesus or Yesus or Yeshua. as said before. They know that the Saviour is real. You can’t even say that about a member of the Roman Catholic Church.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. but they will also tell you that to “live with the Saviour”.

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They've played at the inauguration party for Bill Clinton. Mohr and Christafari stand undaunted9” There is also an official statement by Christafari. It wasn't really received that well by Banton. they have released several albums and are touring the continents a lot. A major controversy followed them in the mid 1990's. who had just then turned to Rastafari after being into the dancehall scene. My writing has literally been quoted as “the fulfillment of Rastafarian prophecies” by Rasta Elders. the threats on myself have not changed. July 1996 13 .CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. attacked Mohr in a Cleveland hotel lobby. then slashed at him with a knife. In fact. Police were called in. Be Like A Rasta" ENTER CHRISTAFARI It is from the evangelical Christian movement in the United States of America. we. Since their demo "Tribal Warning". The gospel is still an offense to many. This event has been covered widely in the Christian press where it was described like a clash between missionaries and pagans. the headlining artist on the tour Buju Banton. However. one of Jamaica’s biggest artists. the “Antichrist” and a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” for my belief system. former president of the United States. I have been called “Satan”. (Christafari) began making my writings available at our shows in booklet form. taking Rastafarian Elders to calm down the situation. but Mohr didn’t press charges. where pornography and violence seem to run things.” Despite the hostility from the Rastafari community and uncertainty among some Christians. Banton punched Mohr in the neck. Christafari remained on the rest of the tour and reconciled with the rest of the performers by the last show. (then the World’s most famous Dancehall DJ) even physically attacked me attempting to stab me with a knife in the lobby of our Cleveland hotel on the Fourth of July. “Buju Banton. Here it is: At the completion of my first booklet titled Rastafari and the Bible (An Eschatological Study of the Second Coming). Just 9 CCM Magazine. It was after we joined the 46 city Reggae Sunsplash Tour that I faced an overwhelming amount of persecution for my beliefs and writings. After all of the other artists on the tour read my booklet the verbal abuse and spiritual attacks began. The result was Christafari's Mark Mohr being threatened with a knife by Banton. (…) Despite such persecution. that Christafari entered the arena. when Christafari joined the "Reggae Sunsplash Tour" and handed out books with their message to fellow artists like Buju Banton. “I felt the Lord leading on my heart that I could not excpect (Banton) to understand the God of forgiveness and grace if I did not demonstrate that myself.

But it is being appreciated by “Christafarians” who have read it. a conclusion from it is not drawn. No Compromise Mark Mohr Christafari”10 An illustration of the difficult relationship between (evangelical) Christianity and Rastafari. 95% of it is inside the Christian world. Christian awards. will be considered foolish and will continue to be an offense to many. One of them said on the Christafari website: “I have read the booklets Mark wrote and I must say they are amazing! A big help for Christians with a ministry to Rastafarians. It contains several passages in which the writer tries to prove why Selassie cannot be God. But I’m running ahead of myself.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta.com/forums/viewtopic. the awards they win and the reviews they get. and more and more of them within the Christian world. I have read them at least 4 times through and I think I'm due to read them again! Always good to keep the info fresh in your mind!”1 1 So what’s the matter with this? 10 11 Link: http://lionofzion.php?t=553 Link: http://www. A few years later they would even no longer see themselves as focusing on Rastafari “specifically” anymore. or an unfortunate incident that could have been prevented? Or perhaps both? Most certain is that although it is mentioned how Rastafarians themselves tried to stop Buju and reconciliation was even practiced. One chapter. by the way.com/forums/viewtopic. When you check their agenda.lionofzion. That’s a fact. Even where this communication and presentation itself is presented to the Christians as a way to “missionizing the Rasta’s”. I have read a book similar as the one that was handed out to Buju Banton that day. Churches. that Haile Selassie was a sinner and mortal (just like we all). The way this is done is party by expressing. It’s called "Christ and Tafari". although that did not lead them to change the way they communicate and present themselves. Be Like A Rasta" like the Gospel of Jesus Christ. it is a stumbling block. with a kind of humor that can not be appreciated by everyone. All over you can see how Rastafari is being presented as the enemy in a war against Christianity.php?t=553 14 . Since that time I saw less and less of Christafari in the reggae community. Christian press. referring to what is described as His Majesty’s death has the title “The Conquering Lion Conquered”… The book is nowhere to be found. by the same writer.

It is obviously not the mere “message of Christianity” that vexed Banton. Because. Be Like A Rasta" Why does someone like Buju Banton (Okay. but a ma n’s writing? Mmmm… There’s definitely something going on here. where other use words to describe the same writings with a description that suits the Bible.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. 15 . he’s not known to be relaxed all the time) get so vexed by the writings that he threatens the writer with a knife. it is “Christafarianism” and what it does with Christafarians rather than Christianity itself that makes some people so vex. Time to investigate this matter. but that cannot be. No. why are most Rastafarians devout followers of Yesus Kristos or at least claim to be? Don’t talk bad about the Divine Saviour to a Rasta! Christafari likes to say that Christianity itself is the target of the hostility they receive.

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and yet again others are outright absurd. checking back with the scriptures as well as plain logic (which do never conflict either). I do think that elements of Christafarianism come directly out of a mind set which has been influenced by Babylon system. Don't expect any gossip or bad talk though. I have been observing Christafari since the mid 1990's. Having said that. There were strong indications that led me to believe. I’m not saying he is a conscious agent of the powers of Babylon and that his particular assignment is to completely destroy the relationship between Rastafarians and (other) Christians. three years before it’s final publication. to see how Christafarianism would develop. I made prognoses in my original essay which have unfortunately come to the surface more and more as Christafari moves further toward where they come from in the first place: western Christianity. that Christafari would change things that I criticize. comparing it with the runnings. it is simply impossible to bypass Christafari and it's founder Mark Mohr. I reason with the word of Jah (the Holy Bible) as foundation and the Lord JAH doesn't deal with gossip. Some elements are potentially dangerous.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. I’m concerned with the philosophy and theology of Christafarianism. I waited such a long time. So I originally wrote this essay. However I was wrong in my interpretation of these indications. the Saviour. Over the years it became clear that we did not agree in many things although we both know our Foundation to be Yesus Kristos. But after analyzing the message. I will now analyze Christafarianism in-depth not scared to name the mentioned disagreements and differences. And after a few years I could no longer withhold my analysis to you. then there would be no need for the publication of a critical analysis. I will make use of publicly available material to proof my case. After studying and debating Christafarians for years. this concern is bigger now then it was before. others contradictional. I’m concerned that Christafarianism potentially leads to situations of hypocrisy. 17 . I heard this from several sides and it was even requested that I would not publish this essay. I also had several contacts with Mark Mohr. and that didn’t matter too of course. useless conflicts and profiteering as it makes use of what many perceive to be cultural robbery and manipulation of facts. Be Like A Rasta" ENTER CHRISTAFARIANISM When studying evangelical Christianity and Reggae. I’m not saying this is necessarily intended to be that way consciously by the founder and thinker who came up with the name Christafari. If so. Not necessarily because of my critique.

to the Ph.php?name=Artist_Index&file=index&func=getDetails&artistid=140 16 Link: http://www. there must also be Christafarianism.ccauthority. as it is called.com/modules.. but also a complete organization. or as he puts it. So when there are Christafarians. All are regionally and professionally accredited and based on evangelical Christianity. go to the following link: http://www. called "Jah Yard" but apparently that didn’t work out. some are out right cultural agents of Babylon. “authority” is a big issue. Still not convinced this word can be used? Please know then. they state: “Biola University is a private Christian university founded in 1908. I use the term to describe the meditations of Christafari. Reggae and Christafari-related related subjects. that Christafari founder Mark Mohr uses the same word in his online biography 1 2 . I think it is justifiable to speak about Christafarianism when it comes to naming the theories of Mark Mohr concerning the relationship between Christianity and Rastafari. in which founder and leader Mark Mohr answers questions asked by Christians about Rastafari. Christafari is still involved in “grassroots churches” on other Caribbean islands under the name “the Gathering”. However.. And in the evangelical world.biola. On the school’s website. Some are good.christafari. We offer 145 academic programs.lionofzion.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. and often it is structured in a hierarchical way. Founders of new churches regularly have a “home front” backing them with money and other forms of support.ccmbuzz. “apostle” or “minister”.D. Christafari founder Mark Mohr has had his evangelical education at BIOLA University1 5 . This gives them some form of “authority” over the members of the church they founded. and combined with the fact that Christafari name their fans "Christafarians".christafari. Be Like A Rasta" What is Christafarianism.com/bio/meet_mark..com 14 For a four page report by Mark Mohr of one of these mission trips to Jamaica. But the church planting is there. Rastafarianism. The evangelicals are very active in “planting churches”. through six schools.htm 15 Link: http://www.16” 12 13 Link: http://www. By reading the site it becomes clear that Christafari is not just an ordinary Reggae Band. let me introduce you to Christafarianism. So.edu/about/ 18 .html Links: http://www.A. anyway? And why do I use this word? Christafari publishes newsletters. There is a whole school-system in which future “pastors” and “missionaries” are being taught the principals of evangelical Christianity. With a need for support from the Christian mainstream? They organize "mission trips to Jamaica1 4 " and are successfully trying to get their music accepted by the Christian Music Industry.com/christafari. which they address to "fellow Christafarians". Christafari has a website1 3 . They usually have some title or officially sounding function like “pastor”. There were even plans to start a new church in Jamaica.com and http://www. ranging from the B.

As this grows. The same article states: Mohr remembered a thought he'd had some time back about the need for a new sort of church – one with sound Biblical 17 18 Link: http://www. It could be “temperament”. So they went to that island and within a month. helping build congregations that are doctrinally sound and culturally relevant. This would be far more accepted if it was a Caribbean thing and not a white Mark Mohr thing seen? Jamaica's temperamental like that. that the establishment of “The Gathering” came as a result of a nasty situation in which Mark Mohr and his wife found themselves. We are also working this month on starting another one in South or Central Trinidad.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta.assistnews.com/forums/viewtopic. for 15 years I have been a part of getting Christian reggae to the Caribbean. let’s establish that Christafari plants churches and the denomination is called “The Gathering”. I am already talking with people in Barbados and Antigua about the possibility of starting one on each island. now I am on the other side of the ministry also. I am only giving the reason for this “temperament”. I’m not saying that this is necessarily the case with “Jah Yard”. 1 8 . Pray for us and for leaders. They say it is important for a writer to find an inspiring enviroment.htm Link: http://www. but it could also be the realization that there is a real and present danger of Babylon wanting to bring the “white geezus” to a black people again. Founder Mark Mohr writes on his website: The initial vision started with Jah Yard in JA. You will find examples further on in this essay. With such a background. it is evidently that Christafari is completely influenced by and conformed to this system. As we can see. I do hope to take this concept to Jamaica. because it has such a tremendous influence on the final result. It also turned out. Be Like A Rasta" It was at this university. For now.lionofzion. His wife was not allowed access into the USA because she is from Trinidad. that Mohr wrote the booklets that were the catalysts for the confrontation with Buju Banton during the Reggae Sunsplash Tour1 7 . but I want to build strong Gatherings in other Islands first and then have the leaders of these churches be intrical in the Jamaican plant. it didn’t work out too well in Jamaica (JA) because the church that Christafari wanted to plant there was considered “white”. It is exciting.php?p=13586&highlight=#13586 19 .net/stories/s04050036. Checking the website it becomes clear that in order to work with Christafari on their “mission trips”. but since then as you can read it has developed significantly. you have to conform yourself to very strict regulation as well as “leadership”. “the Gathering” was founded.

"I told my wife. Within one month.net/stories/s04050036.html 20 . enabling you almost dictatorial powers over “your flock of sheep”. A big responsibility. Let me go into more detail. “pastors” are “ordained” by other “pastors”. This is also the case with Mark Mohr. we do not have a structure that each must adhere to. To be a pastor means.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. which can basically be considered a church for heavy metal fans who turned from Satanism to Christ(ianity). They get some kind of certificate or credential letter so that they can start or “take over” a church. being a “pastor” is having a place high up in the hierarchy of the church system. The man. That’s quite some thing. self declared enemies of Jah. is called Bob Beeman. the pastor can be considered the leader. Link: http://www. In other words. Generally spoken. by his own definition.com/faq/78da3331070000a1006c/Obey+Authorities.'" he said.21”. In fact. Insiders will easily identify Bob Beeman as an evangelical/charismatic Christian working in a world of heavy metal Satanists.1 9 How can it be that Mark Mohr said that he would “pastor” the church? In the evangelical world. The Sanctuary organization fully supports Christafari. who ordained Mark Mohr. 19 20 21 Link: http://www. the government. that he is to be “obeyed” by “all”. Mark is free to do whatever he feels is best for his band and for the Christafari ministry.2 0 ” Quite some position: to have the officially recognized title “Pastor”. But in our organization. ‘I'll pastor the church and your family can be the worship team. Mark Mohr writes: “there are four authorities that all must be obedient to: God.assistnews. He “must be obeyed”. without having to pay responsibility. that Mark Mohr came to call himself "pastor".lionofzion. Further research led to the overstanding that this not only provides Mark with some kind of “authority” in the evangelical world. pastors.htm Email Correspondence. It is from this organization. we are not a denomination. A carte blanche. Our "connection" is one of support and encouragement. Beeman has an organization called "Sanctuary". and parents. Mohr became a pastor. Be Like A Rasta" exegesis – to be planted in Trinidad. although they do emphasize with their support that the Christafari organization is not officially related to Sanctuary. ordained by another pastor. "The Gathering" was born. he is free to do whatever he wants with it. Combine this with the words that Bob Beeman wrote: “Mark is free to do whatever he feels is best for his band and for the Christafari ministry”. He is officially an ordained Sanctuary pastor. Years before he started The Gathering. Bob Beeman wrote me: “We fully support Marks ministry.

When they speak. They are very much aware that they are public speakers that preach doctrines that the listeners perceive as words of authority. No person will be in the company of female(s) over 21 unless accompanied by one or more other members of the group for accountability. And as we can see. Wives and family members are excepted. pastors stress the fact that they see themselves as “examples”. No person shall have premarital sex. There are in fact many people who take the pastor’s words without critical thought. When you want to be a part of Christafari. Generally spoken.. you can find some practical workouts of “pastors” who have to be “obeyed”. authority is a big thing with the evangelicals! And image too. 21 . there are indeed a great number of people who “obey”.. whether that is right or wrong. because they follow the pastor.. An unbiblical practice. and the pastor’s authority comes from God. Be Like A Rasta" Now think for a while about the implications for especially the young people who are growing up in the evangelical world. Christafari is completely conformed to the way this word is run. you have to obey these kinds of things. They act accordingly in the complete conviction that they are following God.. It is not up to the individual. For both legal and spiritual reasons. In an internal Christafari document called “Morals and Tour Commitment” which has been published on the Christafari website but has been taken of. has the authority to factually decide who is seeing whom. it is important to realize that “pastors” are being listened to. Other exceptions may be granted by Mark Mohr. Let me give you an example of how far-reaching this authority goes. or any sexual relations outside of marriage. They are being taught to obey the pastors. Regardless of what your ideas on authority might be. no person will be in the exclusive company of someone of the opposite sex under the age of 21. The pastor... Mark Mohr. You can find the complete text as an appendix to this essay so you can read it in it’s context. I’ve heard “pastors” telling me how they wanted to be obeyed even if they would “order” to do a thing that is knowingly not in accordance with God’s messages.. but must be approved in advance.i Let me quote some of the material. No person will attain the address or phone number of any female under the age of 21. This practice is wide spread in the evangelical word. it is up to the pastor to decide for the individual. Yes..CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta.

And. which can be established as the reason for the symbolical vexation of Buju Banton. Especially those parts within Christafarianism.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. Mark Mohr had his education at an evangelical university and was ordained as “person of authority” by Bob Beeman. Even when a perceived danger is not really there. As you might recall. sadly enough. abject and absurd equation of Satanism and Rastafari! I definitely do not oppose Bob Beeman and what he does. But this culture of hate. which also uses image. it is easy to see how image is a big influence. Throughout the evangelical movement. image is also a big part of the philosophy that forms the title of this essay. there are similarities to be discovered between the way Christafari shares their believe with their audience and the way the Christian Heavy Metal scene brings the message of Jah Salvation to their Satanist counterparts. they are also the most important pillars where Christafarianism is built on. What’s wrong with that? Nothing I can think of. These parts form the main ingredient for the offence that is perceived in the Rastafarian community. 22 . Where Christafari wants to avoid an image that can be perceived as carnal in the Christian world. gain the utmost respect from all those that love Jah. himself a very well known figure in the Christian world. All to avoid the idea that someone could have a certain thought about Christafari. As we will see in the next chapter. The dramatic result of what we will see is a simplistic. they have created a philosophy. in my opinion. image is important and because the evangelical way of thinking is so influential on Christafarianism. And a major influence in what we have come to recognize as Christafarianism. he is involved in spreading the message of Yesus Kristos in a world of self-proclaimed followers of Satan. Be Like A Rasta" When we recall the internal Christafari document. often closely connected to Nazism and the white power movement obviously has nothing to do with the movement of Rastafari or it's Culture. In spite of that. precaution measures are still taken. it shouldn’t be a surprise when we find this back at Christafari’s. Spreading love where hate rules is not an easy thing to do and should. This time as a tool of communication.

Be Like A Rasta" CHRISTAFARIANISM: BE LIKE A RASTA Where Satanists have their "black metal"2 2 . the Christians will have "white metal".millersville.i.com/missions/story. Christafari themselves do deny this. When I check the name "Christafari".0” as Mark Mohr calls it. 23 Link: http://www. You can easily see how this served as a source of inspiration for Mark Mohr's approach to Rastafari.E.edu/~columbus/data/new/ICQA-4-1. and they come up with all kinds of explanations why they use the name. though.sanctuaryinternational. the name Christopher is indeed a symbol.). In the world of Satanism. that "Black Uhuru" might become "White Uhuru".f.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta.jesusfreakhideout. Various publications in the Christian press described the structure and philosophy behind this “church 2.com/news/March04. For Rastafarians. A visit to the Sanctuary site will illustrate this better then words can do2 3 . Fellowship and Evangelism (W. While the music may sound the same.com 24 Links: http://www. it can easily be identified as a derivative of "Rastafari". One is that it’s the name “Christopher” and they give the explanation for the Greek name. And Mark.NEW 23 .e. This was one of the funniest prayers I had ever heard thus far. You might recall “The Gathering” in Trinidad and how it was planted there after Mark Mohr’s wife was so brutally denied access to the USA. Symbols and culture language of the satanic heavy metal world are being used. I’m not saying that it is wrong to do things like that.asp 25 Christafari spells the original Greek word for their name as “ Christoforos”. referring to some personal situations. This is the same root as the root of Christopher Columbus. familiar words and approaches are being transformed into Christian. being able to plant the Gathering was directly related to the situation in which the US government had put his w. be it not so tragically. 22 "Black" and "White" in reggae-music is often referring to the colour of human skin.asp?ID=3607 and http://www. "black" refers to the devil and "white" refers to God. Instruction. is very creative in coming up with double layer names.F. According these articles: “The Gathering is founded on four key pillars: Worship.2 4 ” For Mark.christianactivities. For was it not CHRISTOPHER Columbus that “discovered” “America”?2 5 These kinds of things make you wonder. in essence a white religion in its present existence.I. For a document that tells the story of the name of “Christofos Colonus” go to the following web page: http://muweb. in his own might. I once heard a Christian from the Christian Metal scene pray to God. but a symbol for the Babylonian Christianity. I’m simply establishing that the founder of Christafari is creative and sometimes putting more layers in his titles and descriptions. Creativity must come out and there is nothing wrong with giving some “private praises” to Jah in this manner.

. dreadlocks. We cannot fall into sin or attempt to imitate it. that I might gain the Jews. It's needless to say. but under the law to Christ. part of the answer to the question: "Why do you wear dreads?" . that I might gain them that are under the law. to them that are under the law. Jamaican and Iyaric (Rasta language). But something as neutral as hair is not a sin issue. I will quote some remarks from the Christafari website. You must set limits.. To them that are without law.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta.. On the Christafari website it is made clear. to win the Rastas. The Christian Heavy Metal scene uses this scripture often too. in turn. First. yet have I made myself servant unto all. After all.. 24 . But it is also used by Christafari to explain their usage of Reggae. In zeal to get a nice sounding name. they let their 26 1 Corinthians 9:19-22 ¶ For though I be free from all men. Babylonian groups do have their hidden meaning or identity often hidden in a deeper layer of their name. To the weak became I as weak. If I approached a Rasta in a suit and tie they would most likely put up a wall that I could never break through. in order to win people for Christ 2 6 . And maybe they can do that. as without law. that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men. it’s forgotten how Rastafarians think and feel. is to fulfill a missionary purpose. Not only by choosing to interpretate this bible scripture as scriptural foundation for wearing dreadlocks.. with long dreads I can enter a Rasta territory and receive respect. (being not without law to God. I wear locks so that I can go into places and be accepted in areas that a "Crazy Baldhead" would not. "Isn't this just an attempt to justify your lifestyle?" Aren't you compromising?" No.) that I might gain them that are without law. For me they have proven very fruitful. in order to biblically justify their choice of looks and music to the Christian establishment. it could be a sign that Christafari is doing a perfect job in confirming for the Rastafarians the existence of the White Geezus Xianity that want to change Rastafari into a Babylon thing. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew. For this. But I’m not that cynical. However. But it’s a sign of sheer ignorance to say the least. them" mentality comes to exist. as under the law.. Dreadlocks and other parts of Rasta Culture to this very same Christian establishment. Be Like A Rasta" For a real cynic. Christafari makes a strong effort in establishing a clear distinction between Christianity and Rastafari. that out of this all a "we vs. that the only reason why Christafari is using the colors Red Gold and Green. I guess that you could say that "To the Rastas I became like a Rasta. a bible scripture is used in which the apostle Paul says that he is always adjusting himself to other people. that I might by all means save some. that I might gain the more. also within their further reasoning it becomes clear that they view Rasta as a "Christ-less" (without Christ) teaching." Yet people still ask. Where most Rastafarians will at least be respectful towards genuine Christianity.

Like Yesus did. in order to win people who are outside the body of Christ 2 8 into Christianity. he reasoned with them.html The Body of Christ is a name given to all Christians all over the world. Nowhere you can read that Paul pretended to be a believer of other religions to identify himself with the believers of those religions. I think that this kind of scripture interpretation is potentially destructive and confusing. the writer of this scripture. plundering the other halve. But he wouldn't be like an idol worshipper. If he would visit a Greek he would be like a Greek. you can put it this way: "Paul didn't say he became like a Hindu to win the Hindu's. through reasoning with Rastas that I can share the Gospel in a non threatening way. or the Ethiopian Church. Mark Mohr is using a scripture talking about cultural movements and applying it to a movement that he himself defines as another religion from Christianity. and there are also many Christians without a church. Paul talked about cultural differences. They are all members of the body of Christ. and gave Christian interpretations to pagan festivals such as Christ mass. He wouldn't go to an idol's temple. colonializing one half. it’s a classic method of infiltration and subsequent manipulation. that is he would enjoy hospitality of the Greeks and so on. It’s the method we know as “the wolf in sheep’s clothing”. so that I might win some. especially when Rastafari is being presented as a non-Christian religion? Let's suppose Rastafari is a non-Christian religion. for example. Worked together with them. ate and drink with them. So can this scripture be used in the situation of Rastafari. 27 28 Link: http://www. but he said he became like an Indian to the people of India. The New Agers do it all the time too. They come to for example the Christians. The Catholics did it all the time. of every church and every denomination. such as the evangelical Movement. does the Bible say it is good to use symbolism from a non-Christian religion and give them a Christian interpretation? I believe one can seriously doubt that."2 7 Analyzing the bible scripture brings me to the conclusion that this is a mention of integrating into a culture. he would adjust himself to the Greek culture. Be Like A Rasta" guards down. for a variety of reasons. Translated to today." Paul was saying that you should abide by the different cultures. and do everything that the people in that temple did except for worshipping that idol. I do it all "for the sake of the gospel". not a religion. picked names out of the Bible to put on all the statues of pagan idols.com/faq/78da33b40000009c006a/Why+Do+We+Wear+Dreads%3F. all in the name of enforcing "Christian Rule". sat down with peoples.lionofzion. pretending to be Christians too.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. Paulus. and then they give their own interpretation to all these things that make the Christian faith unique in it’s kind. 25 . How different Xianity has been. In fact. It is then. They built their cathedrals on the places where the druids came together. too.

even identity. Consequently I asked Mark Mohr if this shift meant that he would also change the use of Rastafarian symbology et cetera. And then I haven’t even fully addressed the point from the Rastafarians themselves. stricktly for cosmetic reasons. has absolutely no basis in either scripture neither in common sense. Rastafarians themselves would no longer be the “main target group” if you will. absolutely not!3 0 ”. it became clear that this was not the only change. After years of explaining. or the usage of the colors Red Gold and Green.html 30 Link: http://dubroom. or should I say. via this wrong interpretation of a scripture on having Rastafarians as their “target group” so to speak. 29 Link: http://lionofzion.29” In an interview with the Dubroom. justifying even. And his strong answer was: “No. Christafari base their whole appearance. they do a lot of damage.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. When you use certain outward aspects of Rastafarian culture. Still. their use of this scripture is inappropriate and cannot be a biblical explanation of his wearing of dreadlocks. justification. yet one of the regrettable fruits of my labor.htm 26 . Christafarianism identifies Rastafari as a religion. So it is obvious. Now that they no longer want to “reach the Rastas”. This was never my intention. that this whole interpretation. the audience was told: “my primary goal was to see the rasta church become Christian. (due to uneducated imitation by other artists) is the Christian church becoming more rasta. On the Christafari website. their whole appearance by pointing out to their alleged “Rastafarian target audience”. It was not my desire to have a Christian congregation in Trinidad shouting out the name "JAH!" in their church services.com/faq/78da33b3040000a70070/Jah+Why+Don%27t+We+Use+the+Name+Anymore%3F. this scripture does not suggest that you have to take things of another religion in order to win those people within that religion for Christ. Therefore. I thought it was interesting to know how much the change of target audience would be followed by a change of appearance. Be Like A Rasta" One thing is for sure. there is no sign of them changing their appearance in accordance with their next “target group”. name. such as the wearing of dreadlocks. They say they are what they are because they want to reach the Rastas but now they no longer want to reach the Rastas they do not change the way that they are so there we have a contradiction.org/articles/0006. many Christafarians think it is a very valid thing to do and in their zeal. this will be labeled as "commercialization of Rastafari" and will most certainly not contribute to an open reasoning between Rastafarians and Christians and the many that are caught in between the two because they do not want to be a part in this Christianity that only accepts aspects of Rastafarian culture when they are totally stripped down from their importance. No longer would they “use” the Name JAH in their new releases. What illustrates this better than the fruits of the Christafari works itself? In 2003 they made an important announcement.

”: a perfect description of Christafarianism. These people are called "riding along the Rastaman bandwagon". has this same reaction to Christafarianism. and not Christianity itself. or false Christ. and some might even think that this judgment is coming from a militant and extreme faction within Rastafari and would therefore not represent the common sentiment within the movement. It’s not for nothing that the Rasta website mentions a fictitious. not because Christafari speaks about Jesus Christ. Take the text from the website. Be Like A Rasta" There are many artists without any affiliation to the movement of Rastafari using the language and the symbols nevertheless. You can read that directly in the text by applying grammatical analysis.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. we had to find the subject and all that by formulating questions involving words from the sentence. In a way. For Christafari this is apparently not clear. Christafarianism is doing the same thing. for commercial gain. We had grammar lessons at school. And this doesn’t go unnoticed. They feel that this white geezus is being promoted because of the way Christafari is using the Rastafarian culture and symbology. and simply ask the question: what is “a crime against the Rastafari movement”? The answer is “using the image/ideology of Rasta to denounce Haile Selassie.unn13. but not of Christianity! It is really important to see that all the negative responses to Christafari can be boiled down to a critization of Christafarianism. because you can find a lot of articles and interviews in which accusations and critiques are described as Rastas attacking Christianity. A reason having nothing to do whatsoever with Yesus Kristos and the Christianity that the Divine Saviour stands for.3 1 ” These are really hard words! Hard to swallow. But every Rastafarian that I asked. One Rasta website describes Christafarianism like this: (using) “the image/ideology of Rastafari to denounce Haile Selassie the father of the order to convert Rasta to the religion of a fictitious Christ is a crime against the Rastafari movement. There is nobody in the Rastafarian movement who hates the Saviour of Whom Haile Selassie spoke of. Without even one exception! And they all have the same reason.com/cointel/christafari. or heard. 31 Link: http://rastafari. It doesn’t mean they think that Christ doesn’t exist. If we wanted to know what a certain sentence really meant.html 27 . but there are many who think Christafari represents the white geezus.

talking just like you. As the saying goes. and not the least one either. They like to wear the colors. just like they tried by killing Bob Marley and shipping in the Cocaine to Jamaica. which has been used for centuries now to keep people in slavery. No. And still there is that question. For a Rasta it isn’t so obvious that behind Christafarianism there can still be a good intention. the road to the fire is paved with good intentions. there is no way that the Bible would contain a justification for such a thing. It’s equally easy to see how it is not Christianity that offends the Rastafarians. it’s a simple issue: would Yesus Kristos require His disciples to use forms of manipulation to promote Him and His message? Would Yesus Kristos tell His disciples to deny the faith of the Rastafarians? Of course not.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. Be Like A Rasta" For the Rastaman however. looking just like you. to be real. Is Rasta really a religion? 28 . Because the flaws. How would you feel if someone would come to you. This can all be related back to Bob Beeman and his Sanctuary Organization. contradictions and false information are so apparent. he has to make the conclusion that Christafarianism is a manipulation scheme of the Babylonians in order to break the movement of Rastafari. Maybe because these things are so simple for a Rastaman. only to show you how wrong you are? And if this person then claims that “The Bible Told Him So”. is identifying Babylon system and her perverted form of Christianity. smoke a lot of weed and say “Rastafari” all the time. It’s cosmetic. Not to have an outward appearance which does not harmonically interact with the inward man. Fortunately the Rastaman knows that the proclaimed crime against the Rastafari movement cannot possibly come from Jah or from the Bible. applying these same principals to the movement of Rastafari has disastrous results. But they have nothing to do with the things Rastafari stands for. Where some of Beeman’s “methods of communication” may very well be appropriate and could have a biblical basis as well in the case of spreading JAH’s Message to Satanistic Heavy Metal fans. One of these things. that is. so to speak. nat up their head. It is easy to see how Christafarianism with its focus on image and the Christian mainstream doesn’t land too well with most Rastafarians. Another thing is an appeal to live “from the heart”. wouldn’t you feel a little weird about this person and his believes? Or even about the Bible itself? Just a thought. it will therefore only appeal to those who are “cosmetically involved” with Rastafari.

as it is done over and over again in the evangelical Christian world? This is one of the most crucial issues.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0281051011/thedubroom 29 ." (…) when I say "Rastafarian.I. and he said about all Rastafarians: “who am I to deny their faith?” There are actually many Rastafarians who do not believe that Haile Selassie is God. So the question I should ask myself is: "Do all Rastas deny Christ as their Lord and Saviour as a key element of the definition of Rastafari?" The answer is “no"." I am usually thinking of the Ethiopian World Union's Definition.amazon. They are most certainly Christians. for they have accepted Yesus Kristos as their Lord and Saviour and they are expecting Kristos any day now.htm Link to audio file: http://www.htm Link: http://dubroom." "We now declare again H. scriptural spoken one has to believe that Jesus Christ is God Incarnated in the flesh. outside of the Body of Kristos? It is clear that in order to be in the body of Christ.lionofzion. and accepted as one's Lord and Saviour.org/articles/0001. 35 I must think about something that I have read in a book called "Dread Jesus3 6 ". because of the fact that they are Rastafarian.org/rastafari/mp3/selassie67onbeingchrist.com/forums/viewtopic.dubroom. Are Rastafarians enemies of Yesus Kristos? Fighting against the message of salvation? Are they. they often come up with the argument that “it’s a small minority and we’re speaking generally and generally our definition applies”… Here’s an example: Many (not all) rastas agree with the doctrinal statement of the "Ethiopian World Federation. I recommend it to everyone! 32 33 34 35 36 Link: http://dubroom.mp3 Link: http://www.org/articles/0002. as proof can be found on the Dubroom Website (Gad3 2 and Yesehaq3 3 interviews). So simply because of this fact alone. Jehovah the Father united through the Spirit to bring to man the fullness of the Holy Trinity. and that becomes clear if I ask that question in a different way. When I address this issue in the midst of people working with Christafari and it is admitted that there are Rastafarians who do not believe Selassie to be Yesus but still believe in Yesus as their Lord and Saviour.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. Be Like A Rasta" Can it be defined as a Christ-less religion. Haile Selassie said that there were “certain” Rastafarians who regarded him in a way he didn’t want to be regarded3 4 .M.php?t=2017 Link: http://www. Haile Selassie is Christ the Son. which investigates the connection between Rastafari and Christianity. it cannot be said that Rastafari is a religion that worships Selassie as God. while keeping in mind that there are twelve tribers and others like yourself that differ in views.

37 And one of the elders saith unto me. as Lion of the tribe of Judah. Weep not: behold. They were called that way long time before this scripture was written. they are also unaware of the real situation within the movement of Rastafari. and who do not worship Haile Selassie as God. we have to go to Ethiopia. the Lion of the tribe of Juda. Many people think that this is because the Ethiopian monarchs think they are God. you would have to admit that a part of the movement of Rastafari consists out of Christians. the Ethiopian Church has baptized many Rastafarians. and to loose the seven seals thereof. Unfortunately. Son or Spirit). There is something going on within the movement of Rastafari. I would have to worship him. hath prevailed to open the book. the Root of David. If Haile Selassie would really be the Incarnation of Jah (whether Father. The Ethiopian kings did not name themselves after this Bible verse. in the same time it doesn’t point out to His Majesty in the way many perceive it. you say? For that. So even if you would apply the strictest definition of a Christian. That land with so many references in the Bible itself! The Kings of Ethiopia have various titles. but after the concert she witnessed that Rastafarian elders came to her to say that they also believed the same thing. But that is not the case. there are many who are Christians according to the Nicean Creed. So while it is correct that this scripture does refer to Haile Selassie. In the meantime. King James Version) 30 . Because I worship Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour and I know that His Return will be dread. Yesus Kristos. this truth is being ignored by many. would I then have to worship him? The answer to this question is yes. and she had just recently given her life to Christ so she was quite nervous. Because the western Christian world refuses to see the spiritual significance of Ethiopia. that land with so much biblical references integrated in its rich and ancient culture. as the first Christian Nation on earth. One of such a title is “King of kings”. It’s written in the Bible!3 7 This same thing is being acknowledged by the multitude of Rastafarians as motivation for believing Selassie to be Jah. so the truth is that there are many Rastafarians who have accepted their Lord and Saviour. There is another thing I would like to draw into this reasoning again. If he would be. for the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God are one and the same. our Lord and Saviour. Another one is Lion of Judah. which is accepted by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as well as the evangelical movement.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. including Christafari. Be Like A Rasta" The writer quotes Judy Mowatt. who tells us she had to give a concert in a place where many Rastafarians were. Another question I would like to ask myself. (Revelation 5:5. How can that be. in the Name of Yesus Kristos. for I do not worship Selassie where I do not believe that he is Jesus.

That’s why Yesus says: “And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father. point out to the loving full and educational way our Creator deals with us. We as creations do not see our fathers as Jah. his creations. And you shall call no one else Lion of Judah”. just like Jah is THE Father. Because when we look around us for a “father”. But we do know. which is in heaven. but his father [was] a Greek”3 9 . that Jah is our Creator who loves us and educates us. and believed. that you should call no one your father but Jah. Another example is “Father”. Be Like A Rasta" “Lion of Judah” and “King of kings” are titles. But it is said in the Bible. the son of a certain woman. Nowhere it is said in the Bible. They point out to Yesus Kristos and they say: “This is the Lion of Judah. And then we get an impression as to what is meant with this particular description or title of Jah. which was a Jewess. who wanted us to live and who wants to raise us to be a grown up. They refer to a function. And of course Yesus Kristos is THE Lion of Judah. How many times can you find the good Lord God JAH described as “Your Father In Heaven”? Numerous times. In order to see what Jah means when He describes Himself to us as our Father. not all of us will find someone who loves us. that Yesus Kristos will reign. The Ethiopian kings. But they do know. point out to the coming reign of Yesus Kristos. who have the responsibility to show their children in a loving way how to grow up. and that there are people on earth that we also call father.”3 8 Exactly this is how many Christian people view the Lions of Judah that we know the Ethiopian rulers to be. Lukas writes about “Timotheus. And it doesn’t take away that there are Lions of Judah on earth and that we can look at them to get an impression as to what it means when it is said that Yesus Kristos is the Lion of Judah. every time we look at them. But that doesn’t take away the fact that there are fathers on earth and that we can look at them to get an impression as to what it means when it is said that Jah is our Father. we look around us to see if we can find something called “father”. this is done. every time when they look at him. 38 39 Matthew 23:9 Acts 16:1 31 .CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. after Yesus Kristos said that. Or “Son of Man”. So we know that Jah is the perfect father. The Bible makes use of such titles many times. by way of their function. Still. The Ethiopians do not see Haile Selassie as Yesus Kristos. Fathers. solid person. There’s more to it. that Yesus Kristos is the only Lion of Judah. by way of their function. Let’s take “Father” and keep in mind that the same principal applies to “Lion of Judah”. The One and Only.

Another Ethiopian priest gave me an analogy. This is a part from the answer to "Should Christians call themselves Rastas?": . inevitably leading to hypocrisy. So when we look in Revelation and we see that Yesus Kristos being presented as the Lion of Judah who will break the seven seals and take over the world. as King representing the coming eternal physical reign ship of Yesus Kristos.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. they were worshipping God in a wrong way. downstroying Babylon. that worshipping God wrong is something different than worshipping a wrong God. Christafari thinker Mark Mohr makes a clear distinction.. based on a definition of Rastafari that is not in accordance with the reality of the situation in the movement. When something is considered anathema. I do believe that it is seriously misleading for a Christian to call themselves a "Rasta.. 32 .. it is considered of non-Christian character and is therefore rejected." For God is not the author of 40 Anathema. And we know this also when we refer to the father of Timotheus. In my opinion this is also what Selassie himself wanted to say when it comes to Christianity's "answer" to Rastafari.. It happened to the apostle Paulus and his friend Silas too. This is a key element in Christafarianism. even Christian ones… According to people of the Ethiopian Church with whom I had communication with over the years many people make that mistake that they think Haile Selassie is God because Haile Selassie is anointed in the Name of Yesus Kristos. They were speaking about the Good Lord and the people thought that they were gods and started to worship them. We can take a look at Haile Selassie and learn a lot about the coming reign of Yesus Kristos. While Christafarianism wants to use as many things from Rastafarian culture as their interpretation of scripture will let them. Paulus and Silas did not deny the faith of these people but they merely pointed out to the fact that if the people would worship Paulus and Silas. So while I am in full agreement with Christafari.. that Selassie is not Jah and that Jah does not want that Selassie is being viewed as Christ. Be Like A Rasta" Of course. everyone knows that Jah is The Father. and also Selassie did not want it himself.. Much more then we can learn about Jah Love by many “fathers”. the Lion of Judah. or "accursed" is an orthodox word indicating heresy and false religion. in the same time he places himself outside of the movement of Rastafari where he is still using symbolism and culture. Haile Selassie did exactly the same. I believe in my heart. if not hypocritical in itself. when he asked that key-question: “Who am I to deny their faith”? Christafarianism does deny their faith. While Mark Mohr obviously places Rasta outside the body of Christ. And he goes even further: by almost putting an anathema 4 0 on those Christians who feel they are a part of the movement of Rastafari. that doesn’t mean that He is the only Lion of Judah.

walk like a Rasta. then guess what? You ARE a Rasta. You see the true definition is 'Head Creator. Be Like A Rasta" deception or misrepresentation.. repatriation. How then can you be the salt and light of the world.com/faq/78da334e040000c90095/detail. The Christafari “shift” in “target audience” from Rastafarians to New Agers and other Universalists which in my eyes completely takes him away from his own justification for his own appearance will not help clear up things either. If you look like a Rasta. For "Rasta" is an abbreviation for "Rastafarian. 41 Link: http://www.html 33 . talk like a Rasta." either.' for when I chant it out I mean the true definition in my heart."." but this does not mean that you should use the term to identify yourself. The difference is in what Christafari finds acceptable and un-acceptable is very subtle if not non-existent. talk like a Rasta and call yourself a Rasta. everyone else around you drawing a different conclusion.e. You see there can be a grave difference between your intentions and how someone interprets them.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. a believer in the deity or veneration of Haile Selassie. If you are a Christian with dreadlocks. you: "look like a Rasta. the real issue is in the origin of the word." A "Rastafarian" is a follower of "Rastafari" and an adherent to the beliefs of "Rastafarianism" (i. causing people to think he is a Rasta sometimes. you may not be able to keep people from calling you a "Rasta. The whole “Rastaish Image” of Christafari will make the “universalist church more Rasta”. I sometimes wonder why Mark Mohr doesn't come to the conclusion that by his own looking like a Rasta.lionofzion. by his own words. you are not a Christian. And you will not be thought of as a Christian. to paraphrase Mark Mohr’s words.' and to me the Head Creator is Christ. then guess what? You ARE a Rasta. walk like a Rasta. when each of your actions and testimonies are being interpreted for the benefit and furtherance of Rastafari and not Christendom4 1 ? Christafari leaves no room: If you call yourself a Rasta. And he even claims that the Bible says he should do a thing like that. And you will not be thought of as a Christian." But while you may be thinking this. It is contradictory for a born again believer to use this appellation. Ethiopia as Zion and the sacramental use of marijuana). Although some cultures use the term in a broader sense as a descriptive for anyone that is a dread. since Mark Mohr also describes himself even in the same paragraph as (paraphrased) someone who: "looks like a Rasta. walks like a Rasta. Some Christians may try and say that "It is okay for me to hail up the name 'Rastafari. If. he is evidently not practicing what he preaches. and call yourself a Rasta. talks like a Rasta. On the contrary. and can't keep people from calling himself a Rasta.

He even acknowledges that he himself is considered a Rasta at certain moments. 42 43 We are talking here about Rasta as defined by Christafari. According to his statement anyone who says he's a Rasta while looking like a Rasta etc. because there are many walking on this planet saying they are Rasta but are no Rastas at all. I think every true Rastaman would deny such a thing. They were considered Rastas4 2 for they walk. that this is not what Mark Mohr himself says. Be Like A Rasta" And again I have to point out to the perspective of the Rastaman. There are several instances in which I heard people witness that they did not know Christafari did not believe Selassie to be God. we find Christafari’s name on a list of artists involved in what the author of that website believes to be a new age/universalist release4 3 .gospeljohn. And on a Christian website “exposing Universalists within Christian music”. A little riddle: it looks like a sheep. Link: http://www. he’s right. you guessed that right: a wolf in sheep’s clothing. or if someone calls himself Rasta or not. he wants to say that if you act like a Rasta you are considered a Rasta. talks like a sheep and walks like a sheep. talk and use symbolism of Rastafari. but they see when someone "walks and talks like a Rasta". as a result of his appearance. Now I know. So in a way.htm#ECUMENISM (scroll down to the part about Kathy Troccoli) 34 . is in fact a Rasta. And people really do not listen if someone says Jah Rastafari or not.com/BW_rock. Even stronger.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. And exactly that is how many Rastafarians perceive this “Christafarian Methodology”. What is it? Yes.

Is there a basic difference in the doctrine? A: "Yes there is a basic difference because we see Christ. Perhaps every car lover has an opinion about BMW. because is 44 Link: http://www. I would like to dive a little more into their definition of Rasta. perhaps a lot of car lovers value the BMW over other brands. Christafari's definition of Rasta is: "a believer in the deity or veneration of Haile Selassie. but to say that all car lovers believe that BMW is the best is simply unreal. So I believe it is equally impossible to say that one of the tenets of Rastafari is the belief that Selassie is God or the practice of an unbiblical veneration of man. which I find rather confusing and contradictory after closer studying and analysis. a different teaching. Within Rastafari are many different houses. But is this a correct definition? And is the Scripture against honoring a descendant of King David? I am personally convinced that it is not and I am not in bad company when it comes to that. repatriation. Be Like A Rasta" ENTER RASTAFARI Now that I've elaborated more or less to some points in Christafari's meditations. but I think the definition is not a correct one and certainly doesn't justify an anathema on the movement of Rastafari. is that they all believe BMW is the best car brand. you know. whatever that may be. because it is one of the points of which almost every Rasta has a different opinion. the 12 tribes of Israel.html 35 . the leader of the biggest Rastafarian organization.com/faq/78da334e040000c90095/Should+Christians+call+themselves+%22Rasta s%3F %22. Ethiopia as Zion and the sacramental use of marijuana"4 4 .CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. and that die and rose again. Let me quote from the interview: Q: The 12 Tribes of Israel is seen as closer to Christianity than other Rastafarian groups. Let me explain this with an example: I cannot say: one of the tenets of people who love to drive a car. and each have their own point of view when it comes to the very points that Mark Mohr brings forward as tenets of Rastafari. Among them is the leader of the biggest Rastafarian organization in the world! When I read the interview that Jamaican Radio station Ire FM has held with the prophet Gad. we see that person.lionofzion. There are actually Rastafarians who do not believe that Haile Selassie is God and do not unbiblicaly venerate him. and that die for our sin. I see clearly that not all Rastafarian worship Haile Selassie. So that is. This in itself shows that it cannot be used as tenet. I presume that Mark Mohr used those things that he finds not in accordance with scripture to define Rastafari.

“Thought of”? Yes. And even after His Majesty say. We want to move on now to the doctrine. so it can't be that he is unaware of this." Q: Are you making a differentiation between Jesus Christ and Haile Selassie. Because Christ the same yesterday." Q: I want you to. You said something very important here and something that may disturb the Rastafarian Movement in Jamaica."4 5 When the leader of the biggest Rastafarian organization makes such clear statements about the difference between Rastafari and Christ.htm 36 . that Christ is the person. years ago.. so I strongly believe that. Christ is going to come and sit on the Throne of David. It’s an image thing. the founder of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Recently we've had much debate on this program "Running African" and other programs about the Divinity of His Majesty the Emperor Haile Selassie as it relates the return of Jesus Christ. today and forever. that even Haile Selassie himself needed to be saved by Jesus Christ. Be Like A Rasta" not many see this teaching. A: "Yes I am talking about the return of Christ who is going to sit on the throne of David.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. One of the reasons that I can not agree with Mohr in his reasonings. quoting Selassie. The prophet Gad says. A: "Yes I am making a differentiation. especially since this definition is leading to serious situations." Q: I want to remind you that we're speaking with the Prophet Gad who is the leader. after all. or "thought of" as a Christian. is because it comes to a point in which you almost have to bring Selassie down in order to be accepted. 45 Link: http://dubroom. The image of Christafari itself. What are your thoughts on the matter? A: "Well. I know that Mark Mohr has also heard this interview. which is obviously based on Rastafarian culture. You're talking about the return of Christ. And that is where another thing comes in. you know. A serious problem with bizarre consequences. the head. Him saved not by the man character but by the blood of Jesus Christ. Christ is to return and sit on the Throne of David. Christ.org/articles/0001. I wonder how one can seriously uphold a definition that Rastafari means believing in Selassie as God.

perhaps unwanted. Some are clearly identified as Christian. Some houses of Rastafari differ over crucial parts where it comes to Christianity. was ordered by Haile Selassie to teach the scriptural right way to honor the king.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. Mark Mohr also brings up something he calls "veneration of Selassie".org/define. I don't know. 47 Cambridge Dictionary Online: http://dictionary. playing a very important role in the relationship between Rastafari and Christianity in teachings concerning His Majesty. does not have to be unscriptural in itself. Is it then unscriptural to regard Haile Selassie with great respect? Is it worth an anathema? The Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Be Like A Rasta" When you are a Christafarian. was reportedly sad and cried when he saw the masses in Jamaica worshipping him as Christ returned. It is a culture with many different views on Selassie. varying from the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian point of view to the more esoteric kind.asp?key=87948&dict=CALD 37 . others not. although some are. becoming Abuna Yesehaq (Father Isaac).cambridge. for they are non-existent. Can you tell the difference between a Palestinian Christian and a Palestinian Muslim? They both look the same! They eat the same things4 6 and they even speak about Allah when the talk about their God. It is inconsequent to use so much things of a certain Culture and yet in the same time label this Culture as a false religion. But veneration. tells us something that might be of great importance here. although some are. but nevertheless the inevitable result of Christafarianism and seriously does short to the Identity of many dreadlocked Christians who are a part of the Rastafarian Culture and do not want to deny their Jah Given Identity to see their hair become an instrument tool for a reasoning based on a false definition of Rastafarian culture with it's many houses. exactly how Mark Mohr defines "veneration". And not to worship him as God. by taking every spiritual significance out of it. It is. you have to justify the use of dreadlocks. Palestinian people are basically in the same culture where only their religious differences stand out. He sent one of his best students. a gift in the form of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. and not all Christians are Rastafarians. brethren Manfredo. unfortunately. And no. In one culture you may find a variety of religions. Rastafari. not the cultural. and he decided to give a gift to the people of Jamaica. It means: "to honor or greatly respect a person or thing4 7 ". Brethren Manfredo. a devout Christian. the Rastafarian colors and symbolism. So every culture can have different religions. There is a difference between culture and religion. is not one religion. to put it shorter: not all Rastafarians are Christian. If it is not the believe in His Majesty as God. Or. 46 Although Christians do drink and sell alcohol in contradiction to Moslems. to become Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the western hemisphere. Haile Selassie. language. most certainly. I do not believe that the God of Islam and the God of the Bible are one and the same. of course.

com/viewtopic. Will they not? I doubt that. visit the following link: http://www. they are still being seen as a big authority on Rastafari by a church-going generation that lack any knowledge of this movement.christiancourier. PLEASE READ the links along with everthing below as it will give you A LOT of insight into all of this and you will not have to be confused anymore50. Even the way the Ethiopians honor Haile Selassie is closely related to the message of the Bible.com/archives/typology. What Christafari says about Rastafari is seen as authority. So it can happen that you can find the following words in a conversation from one Christian to the other: “We have read a lot of lies and misinformation. If I regard it as wrong to honor that king.htm 50 Link: http://forums.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. as the evangelicals would put it: Types of Christ 49. In short. This conversation was about Rastafari and one Christian refers to Christafari with the words you saw. It’s said that one will not be confused after reading the messages on the Christafari Website. In spite of all these confusing. to honor our parents (Exodus 20:12). to honor everyone. Be Like A Rasta" The Bible gives us the commandment to honor the king (1 Peter 2:174 8 ). Love the brotherhood. Fear God. 48 49 1 Peter 2:17 Honour all men.php?t=1436 38 . I am acting unscriptural.t3ministries. Honour the king. to honor our fellow men (same verse). Or. because of their Solomonic Bloodline all the Ethiopian kings symbolically point out to the c oming reign of the Messiah. now let us share some truth. For an in-depth study of Christian Typology. They’re Icons Of Christ In His Kingly Character. contradicting and sometimes outright abominable elements in the teachings of Christafari.

'I follow Christ. in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 'I follow Paul'. Paul wrote: "I appeal to you. and therefore I could call myself a Rastafarian without a doubt. but also Don’t Be A Rasta. that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. 'I follow Apollos'. they simply admire his faith and actions." a disciple of Christ. follow whom he followed--Jesus. So don't follow Selassie.' Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?" So I ask. still another.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. and bondservant for His namesake. disagreeing with my meditations and it was presented as for me. for within the Protestant reformation there are followers of Martin Luther (Lutherans). John Wesley (Wesleyans). a line that is not founded on a proper definition of the movement. another. and John Calvin (Calvinists).html 39 ." meaning that they follow the teachings and example of "Rastafari. brothers. Now I know that this statement may seem contrary to modern-day Christianity. The letter stated that I was “misleading” people and then went on quoting the above. the absurdity becomes clear: Christafarianism doesn’t only say: Be Like A Rasta. But Selassie (Rastafari) was a Christian.htm Link: http://www. My brothers. It was in an e-mail sent to me by a close associate of Christafari whom I will not name. In 1 Corinthians 1:10-13. He followed Christ. 51 52 Link: http://dubroom. and to call oneself a Christian as they did. I wish to call myself Messian Dread51". 'I follow Cephas'. Be Like A Rasta" CHRISTAFARIANISM: DON’T BE A RASTA Until now.lionofzion. We also came to see how they are in the same time using the symbology of Rastafari to “be like a Rasta”. we have established that Christafari wants to draw a clear line between them and Rastafari. a follower of "The Way.com/faq/78da334e040000c90095/detail.org/messiandread/itations0001. they would strongly encourage you to follow Christ. I quote Mark Mohr again in the following words: Yet some may still argue that they are "Rastafarians. I am a Christian. another. From the same answer. But I am sure that if Selassie or any of these other men were alive today. not mere men." They don't worship him. Why attempt to divide Christ? Was Haile Selassie (Ras Tafari) crucified for you? Were you baptized into His name? As for me. If you summarize Christafarianism in one sentence. I would never choose to represent my faith with an appellation that drew attention away from Jesus--"lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power" (1Cor 1:17)5 2 Personally I was shocked when read these words the first time. He also seems to respond to something I wrote in an earlier meditation: "Although some Rastafarians have the same look on His Majesty and Christ Jesus as I do. What I mean is this: One of you says. based on a wrong use of a certain scripture. to the question if Christians should call themselves Rastas.

for this very same Paulus elsewhere in scriptures tells people to follow him like he followed Christ 5 3 . you can only pretend to be one. It is a little funny to see Mohr using this scripture because after quoting it. just like the “all thing to all men” scripture turned out to deal with something else than where Christafarianism claims it is intended for.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. not unimportant but overlooked by Mohr. I think he is acting against the very scripture he uses to make his point: the ones quoted in the scripture saying about themselves "I am of Christ" were doing this in order to distinguish themselves from others. This scripture teaches not that it is wrong to say I follow Paul. be ye followers of me. But fortunately I could still see a little bit of humor in this all too. Peter and Paul did not contradict Jesus. and Jesus are all saying the same thing. Mind you. No. You could even argue that if this scripture is actually saying what Mohr claims it says. "I am of Peter". Since Christafari calls their fans and following "Christafarians". Mark Mohr says that you cannot call yourself a Rasta. or if Christafari was crucified for them. He then names a bible scripture that seems to speak about this. I am of Christ". Paulus speaks about divisions in the church. he says: "As for me. 40 . "I am of Jesus". where there are different groups quarrelling and fighting each other. another says. Be Like A Rasta" I was shocked. A thing Christafarianism does with Rastafarians who do not wish to change their Identity to become a Babylonian. also a little offended by the interpretation of the Scripture. Peter (Cephas). and might I say. the Bible would then teach it is wrong to call yourself a Christian and follow Yesus. Kind of tuff… 53 1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you.” You can easily see how this is a call to manipulation… That’s in the face of all those who know themselves to be a part of Rastafari and a part of Christianity. and a third. They say: “You can’t call yourself Rasta. One says: "I am of Paul". This scripture says it is wrong to divide yourself as body of Christ into groups and put labels on these groups to express this difference. maybe these fans get mail from people asking if they were baptized in the name of Christafari. But let us analyze the Bible interpretation that Christafari uses to condemn Christians in the movement of Rastafari as “serious misleaders”. on the contrary: is about excluding each other based on names. because the Bible supposedly is against following men. Paulus is even speaking to the same church of which he also says that he finds it wrong that some of them say I am of Paulus and I am of Christ and I am of Apollos. Because Paul. this scripture is not about showing the Christian Rastafarians how wrong they are.

committing all kinds of wickedness. Be Like A Rasta" ENTER THE CHRISTAFARIANS Because Christafari is the first Reggae band to emerge from the US based Evangelical music scene. Nothing but respect for those people who feel they are called by JAH to bring the message of His Salvation to a group of people who think that Satan is the way to go. aimed at getting the music accepted by the CCM-mainstream5 4 .CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. this whole long hair and heavy music thing is neutral. but all possible styles with more or less Christian lyrics as the only difference. So it is also logical. Bob Beeman. After all. it shouldn’t be a surprise to find out that Christafari has an enormous influence on many young Christians who are being raised in the evangelical churches throughout the world. murder and hatred is dangerous. Of course. founded by someone who has developed a love for Reggae music and some knowledge concerning the movement of Rastafari. so why shouldn’t they make use of it? Of course. where many run around with Satanistic symbology. for some the Satanistical elements are serious. white supremacy. Gospel means “good message”. CCM is not a style. 55 Not to be confused with “gospel” as music genre again (see previous footnote). 57 The “whiteness” is not referring to race but as opposed to what is known as “blackness” in the Heavy Metal culture: so called “black magic” and Satanism. that within the Christian world a complete “White5 7 Metal” culture was born. for some the music is the lifestyle. but then there are others with the same lifestyle that favor a different kind of music. With all the elements of Heavy Metal Culture a Christian can possibly integrate in his life. And of course. according to the principals founder Mark Mohr has learned in his evangelical education. music that promotes Satanism. in this case the word “gospel” is used to describe the Good Message of Yesus Kristos. has been a front figure in Christian Heavy Metal since the 1980’s. “white” and “black” stand for to tally different things and the writer of this essay doesn’t agree with the so-called black and white magic separation. Within Rastafari. In this chapter we will see how Christafari is actively and admittedly trying to achieve this by creating a sub culture in CCM. Nothing but overstanding if these brethren and sistren use Heavy Metal music and long hair to get that message across to an audience that seems to listen only to a band like that. who ordained Christafari’s Mark Mohr as pastor. but then there are many more Satanists. It is the name for the Christian Music Industry. To put it shortly: Christafarianism is so influenced by the “Evangelical House of Christianity” that it easily integrates into the already existing structures of this House. 56 This process has started in the 1970’s. 41 . 54 CCM: Contemporary Christian Music. And without all those elements that cannot be combined with being a Christian. and had a turbo boost in the 1980’s. It should therefore not be confused with “gospel” as a music genre. We will also see how these efforts are explained as spiritual events with biblical precedents. Throughout this essay we learned how certain “methods of communicating the gospel5 5 ” are applied in the Heavy Metal scene5 6 .

most of them continue this practice to only listen to the Christian variety of the music of their choice. not being allowed to listen to any other music than CCM. it’s a fact that there is a whole generation growing up in evangelical churches. in every style of music. and to dress like their age group. And it is still going on. the same Pastor Bob Beeman who ordained Pastor Mark Mohr.) It happened with almost every style. making a conscious decision to follow Kristos at a certain moment in their life. Yes. you will find out that all the Christian mainstream music labels are a subdivision of the world wide Musical Industrial Complex. There are Christian concerts in every variety. Long hair. 42 . Christian heavy metal music is cultivated into a Christian heavy metal culture since the 1980’s. you will see a lot of “heavenly metallers” who look just like the “heavy metallers” you will find on a non-Christian festival. And when they grow up. Whatever you feel about it. which we will not do here. Keyword: Bob Beeman. That means. Because it didn’t only happen with heavy metal music. the Christian Contemporary Music Industrial Complex. For every musical genre you will find a Christian version. And to look for other people in the same situation. But it is a fact that the Musical Industrial Complex makes a huge profit out of the fact that many Christian kids are not allowed to listen to any other music than CCM. Now. Music of their choice? Yes. And festivals! A lot of these festivals even take place in big evangelical churches. not all Christian artists are part of this money machine. And when you research the CCMIC. Be Like A Rasta" This enables many young people who grow up in an evangelical environment. everything. became a Babylonian money making machine. Artists provided to them by the CCMIC. Where did we see that before? Now. (I just detail it because of its importance in Christafari’s Roots. There are numerous albums by Christian heavy metal artists that have a small letters of recommendation printed on the cover. What started out as a movement to tell contemporaries about the gospel. t-shirts that look like commercials for horror movies.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. that the Christian heavy metal artist who is signed to a major CCM label is signed up to the same company that also releases the Satanistic heavy metal. to still enjoy the music of their choice. all loving different musical styles and all listening to the favorite Christian artist of their style. When you go to a Christian heavy metal festival. written by Pastor Bob Beeman.

I recently got a magazine from an Assembly of God Pentecostal Church that had an article/interview with Christafari's Mark Mohr. so guess where they get their information from? Right. these people are not allowed to listen to any other music than CCM. the magazine which is called OnCourse. from the artists. They think. And.com/forums/viewtopic. This is it: Greetings to all in the name of Yeshuah! This may be one Important topic. where their friends who are into heavy metal are heavenly metallers.msn. One is on the Rastafarian 12 Tribes message board and can be found at http://groups. Christian Heavy Metal lovers looking just like their Satanistic counterparts. and InI think we should all do our best to let it be known. He told his story to his Rastafarian Brothers in Kristos at a 12 Tribes Internet site. And we have seen how Christafari defines Rastafari. not Rastafarians. Anyway both had something about Rastafari in them.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. how Christafari defines Rastafarians. it wasnt a big section but it shouldnt have been there without Mark doing some research first. Let me give you that example of this Rasta who was unpleasantly surprised to see just how Christafari portrays Rastafari in the Christian press and wrote a letter to Mark Mohr who then admitted that he misrepresented the faith of this particular Rastafarian5 8 . And they do not know that you cannot apply the same principal to Satanistic heavy metal freaks and Rastafarians. How would they know? Remember.com/twelvetribesliveup/general.lionofzion. and only after they are forced they will admit that this definition doesn’t apply. the letters quoted and the matters discussed. In public statements and articles they define Rastafarians as non-Christians who hate Yesus and who attack Christian artists for their believe.msnw?action=get_message&mview=0&ID_Message=13352 where you can find a discussion on the Christafari website on the following link: http://www. Christian Reggae lovers “looking just like” their Rastafarian “counterparts”. said some things trashing the Rasatafarian Faith. and InI also recently got an e-mail from Lion Of Zion etertainment which is Christafari's Recording Label. today we see a carefully crafted rise of Christafarians. Be Like A Rasta" And where we saw a rise of “Heavenly Metallers” in the 1980’s. How would they know what they are doing? How would they know that they are deeply offending the Rastafarian community with all that Christafarian imitation? They just think they are Christafarians. not satanic metallers.php?t=2033 43 . The e-mail I recieved recently had a statement by more that 58 There are two places on the Internet where the story is told.

Too bad it never reaches the general public or the many interviews given in the Christian press. Much Love and Raspect!! OneLove.” 59 Link: http://www.Q. It is sad to see how it is admitted that somebody’s Christian faith is denied when a Christafarian considers him or her a Rastafarian.com/bio/meet_mark. but if he believe that (That InI am 1 in a million) then InI need to do something because what InI believe is being distorted and falsified. forgive me for misrepresenting your faith. I got a response from him that stated: "Ras. Respect. as “Founder Of Christian Reggae Music ” when “the CCM (Contemporary Christian) industry refuses to acknowledge world music. When I referred to Rastas. And he even claims he is chosen by God to do so! The biography as posted on the Christafari website5 9 is shockingly revealing. Christafari founder Mark Mohr admits on his website that he is now carefully planting “Christafarianism” as.christafari. contact us) to tell him that as a Rasta of the 12 Tribes of Israel origin that InI and most others that InI know/reason with do believe in Christ and not as Selassie but as Christ himself and explained that he should know these things before he says that kind of thing to anyone. Anyway InI urge all to spread the knowledge of our faith in anyway we can so that the truth be known.lionofzion. the evangelical correct way of enjoying reggae music and being like a Rasta. Mark Mohr" InI have Raspect for that man to send me this e-mail. Only on the message boards on the Christafari website can you find these admittances.A. You’ll find Mohr describing how “humbling” it is.. for it was in Amsterdam where even rastas held up their hands after the sinners prayer!" Anyway I took it upon I to send him an e-mail at the Lion Of Zion web site http://www. Ras Aaron I think it is sad to read stuff like this.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. People actually suffer under this denial. I was speaking of those who follow AND worship Rastafari.com (F. Be Like A Rasta" said "And God saved the best show for last. (emphasis MD) You are one of a million rastas that I have met that does not worship Haile Selassie as God or Christ. what I we saw exposed in this essay.html 44 .

He even compares this with the works of brothers like Moses and David: (emphasizes by the writer of this essay) Why do you feel God chose you to plug this gap in Christian music? Because I am not worthy to. When I think about this from time to time it makes me laugh! I do not deserve this and should not be doing this. from Moses who was a murderer with a speech impediment to King David who was an unlikely shepherd. He always chooses the most unlikely and undeserving messengers to proclaim His simple message. a subdivision of the Global MIC6 1 . where the comparance that is made in the biography of the founder of Christafarianism isn’t criticized anywhere. But this is how God works. God must get the glory at all times-. It is a black music started in the ghetto of Kingston Jamaica. Especially not when you realize how the Musical Industrial Complex is a direct arm of Babylon System. You could find more raw talent in any 10 year old Jamaican boy than in me. God uses the simple things of the world to confound the wise.christafari. I believe that God chose a weak person such as myself for this calling to prove to the world that it is Him alone that is strong.html Musical Industrial Complex 62 A little funny footnote: Most Christafarians do not believe that Haile Selassie is of Davidic Offspring and they think it is kind of ridiculous for Haile Selassie to be compared to David. he then goes on to describe how he feels that “God has chosen” him to “plug that gap” in this same Contemporary Christian Musical Industrial Complex. this is how God works. But once again. On my own strength. One look at the Bible and you will realize that this is how he chooses leaders. and how the Christian Contemporary Musical Industrial complex is a direct arm of the secular or Babylonian musical industrial complex. 45 . much less pioneering this genre of reggae. it is nonsense to state that Jah would choose people to lead the CCMIC. how can this be explained and described a decision of the Most High to chose a leader to lead the children of Jah? 60 61 Link: http://www.com/bio/meet_mark. In other words: to get the music of Christafari and their label into the mainstream of the CCMIC as well as other artists who will profit from this plug in the gap of Christian music. and that this “work” could be compared with the works of Moses and David6 2 .CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. and even explain that in an article on your website where you complain how Christian artists only get signed to a major Christian label when they have reached a certain commercially attractive level. Be Like A Rasta" After describing the apparent lack of Christian reggae in the CCM business industry. I am a white guy that was raised in one of the richest cities in white suburban America. I am the last person in the world that should be singing. By no means do I deserve to be a voice in the reggae industry.I pray that my life gives him the glory that He deserves. I believe that he chose me so that He would receive all of the glory. When you want to reach the top there by selling your sounds like the new fresh vibes for the industry.60 Of course.

Just one way of “leading the Reggae Branch of the CCMIC”.html 46 . they were not called to be mere musicians.com/bio/meet_mark. This unique roots sound cannot be replaced by the latest industry manufactured pop sensation that is on the cover of CCM. to mix business and marketing schemes with biblical concepts which deal with how the Body of Kristos functions. After all. With that. Thus it can happen. and his connection with the Sanctuary International Organization of pastor Bob Beeman adds to his credibility as such. with your fellow man for a good position in what is mentioned by themselves as the “Christian Industry”? Let’s see how Christafari states on their own website how they have planted Christafarianism in the CCMIC. the good news. Perfectly normal that a pastor goes in business with the things he does a pastor.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. that that emperor has no clothes and that the world is round. the founder is a pastor too. too. We have created our own culture within our fan base.christafari. Their calling was of such a high order that significant parts in what we know as the Holy Scripture are written by or about these two men. Was it Moses’ task to entertain the Israelites with music for their leisure. that it goes unnoticed for what it is and when somebody tries to change that by shouting out loud. So normal. Why do you feel so many people get hooked into Christafarianism? Our music is original and unlike anything out there in the Christian industry. Be Like A Rasta" Nevertheless this is being done. only without the mentions of Isis.63 63 Link: http://www. they take away the doubt that Christian parents and pastors could have when they ask: “Isn’t Christafari a Mix between Rastafari and Christianity?” before they accept Christafari music in their home or churches. so they could enjoy the beats of the Isisraelites (no typo)? Was it David’s task to introduce a brand new style of music to the Israelites? Kind of like the beats of the Philistines. but more original? Although both leaders made use of music as a part of their function. It is normal in American evangelical Christianity. just like the Egyptian music. And I am a mere musician myself. that the carefully crafted sub culture of Christafarianism provided a whole generation of evangelical Christian youths with a justification for pretending to be like a Rasta inside the borders of what is evangelical correct. Is Christafari using a biblical concept of sharing the gospel. this one is being labelled as an obstruction for the “Kingdom of God”.

the Christafarians. it remains unclear whether the abominable accusation against Rastafari has ever been rectified after it was spread globally in a magazine considered to be an authority in the CCMIC. And we can blame the thinkers and workers who are actively promoting Christafarianism. But we can blame all those “Christian researchers” who come up with these terrible lies called “descriptions of Rastafari”. For the sake of truth. he surely authorized every word of it. Among believers. or the “fan base” of Christafari.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. I think that they would have found it in the above quote. they have no other sources. 64 CCM Magazine: “Key Tenets Of Rastafari”. it’s an honour to kill someone who disrespects their god (emphasis in the original text)”64. 47 . One of the sources for the piece that contained almost nothing but factual inconsistencies was listed as Mark Mohr. that Mark Mohr himself authorizes every sentence in that particular text. Where Christafari portrays Rastafari as a religion of which the members hate Yesus Kristos enough to attack people for their believe in Yesus and where they. Instead of taking away the false information on Rastafari. July 1996. We can and must ask them (from this place and from many other places) to stop using and transforming the Rastafarian culture into a vehicle for their own promotion and lifestyle. An article published in CCM Magazine (July 1996) stated under the title “key tenets of Rastafari”: “Rastafari is militant. transform the symbology and culture of Rastafari into this “culture” they themselves call “Christafarianism: the culture we created with in our fan base”. based on a faulty biblical interpretation. They listen to Christafari and read the statements in articles and on websites and booklets published by Christafari themselves and that is their source of knowledge and information. in the biography of Mark Mohr. is it then just to blame the Christafarians for treating the Rastas the same way Heavenly Metallers treat their Satanistic counterparts? The Christafarians. So if the Rastafarians who accused Christafari of crimes against the Rastafari movement were looking for a “written confession”. They hardly know anything about Rastafari or reggae. Christafarianism confirms until the last detail what the evangelical movement thinks about Rastafari. for they don’t know”. If he didn’t write it all by himself. And many times. Be Like A Rasta" These words could still be found on the Christafari website in October 2004. From the name to the game to the fame: Christafarianism turns out to be the methodology and philosophy (“culture”) behind the promotion of Christafari as well as an alibi for those within the evangelical world who wants to be like a Rasta without becoming one. receive. Although he stated clearly (in a private email) to the writer of this essay back in 1997 that he had not been the source for this outright deceptive lie about Rastafarians. This means. This is the kind of information the fan base of Christafari. Like Peter Tosh say: “You can’t blame the youths.

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Throughout a few years I was reading. This is where I have spent hundreds of hours since I originally wrote my essay. which has a pagan etymological background. Horror filled me when provocateurs were given free speech to express disdain over almost every aspect of Rastafari. I must confess.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. only the “christafarized” aspects of Rastafari can remain. 49 . I was trying to find out how to witness to a Christafarian. in an attempt to stop Christafarians from becoming “too rasta”. In a place on the Forum with the name “Witnessing to Rastas” you can also participate in what is called “Rasta and Ganja Reasoning”. at least two of them convinced Christafarians. Be Like A Rasta" HOW TO WITNESS TO A CHRISTAFARIAN When one browses through the Christafari website. My friends punched me hard to proof that I wasn’t dreaming when Christafari took away the Name of JAH in their future releases only to stick with a word “God”. Cold shivers ran over my back every time a Christafarian denied the faith of a brother in Kristos just because this brother is a Rastafarian. one finally lands on the Christafari message boards. While they were fiercely “witnessing to Rastas”. I documented the manifestation of the fears in my vision as I saw Rastafarians who attempted to reason with the Christafarians. writing and reasoning there directly with Christafarians on their own ground. making it one of the last valid points within Christafarianism. This is where much communication goes on. it turned out that in order to continue Christafarianism. In that I miserably failed. But nevertheless I was provided with a first row seat in the Christafari laboratory while the fruits of this evangelical correct mix of “Rastafari” and “Christianity” materialized before my very eyes. trying to address the very same points addressed in this essay with a kind of humbleness I can only write about. This enabled me to study and document Christafarianism even further. reading all the material that we are discussing in this essay. then an 18-page article. using the teachings of Christafari to proof their points to an audience that was absolutely not hindered by the presence of any knowledge concerning that very movement they imitate to feel good in their own world at the expense of their Christian Idren in Rastafari. and not that I found out how to witness to a Christafarian. Not that they were really “witnessing to Rastas”. There are three people working for Christafari as “moderators”. Where the name JAH is a thousand times more valid to describe the Most High then the word “God”. leaving the place in a silence that can only be interpretate as a state of total shock.

Be Like A Rasta" I broke my mind over the question how to break through this matrix where the Christafarians experience their virtual reality in. What I thought were incidents caused by an overzealous ignorant American Christian reggae band had begun to form a pattern. even those who can be considered a Christian. My “damage control” consisted out of contacting Mark Mohr and asking him to rectify the statements in the articles. Twice I told my Rastafarian brothers about the private emails I received. the “culture” that is created to forward Christafari into the CCMIC mainstream at the expense of so many people who suffer directly because of it. this was being done in the same way as it is done today.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. Christafarianism similarly labels everybody who criticizes it as an enemy of Christianity. Back then I really couldn’t believe that someone who I thought was a Yesus Dread would actually discredit the movement of Rastafari in Christian publications. Although he did express that he was not the source of the information and that he also had never laughed over Bob Marley’s death. It is the philosophy that we saw exposed in this essay for what it is. The coffee did its work. A pattern we know have come to know under the name of Christafarianism. As far back as 1996 I initially did some “damage control” for Christafari on several occasions in which Rastafarians expressed their outrage over publications about Christafari in which the movement of Rastafari was being discredited in what later turned out to be the house style of the Christafarians. I have already mentioned the article in which Rastafari was portrayed as a group of people supporting to kill all white people. I became aware of the controversies that follow Christafari wherever they go shortly after my introduction to “the first American Christian reggae band”. Public statements for the massive and private statements for damage control. These expenses are kind of high in my estimation. I’m prepared to help an overzealous brother who makes mistakes out of the trouble he’s gotten himself into and I’m willing to go far for that. Christafarianism directly denies the faith of those within the movement of Rastafari. I began a seven yearlong journey to find out why there was little use in trying to ease the pressure between Christafari and Rastafarians. and because of my Jah given identity having connections with the movement of Rastafari too. There was another article in which Christafari was described laughing over the death of Bob Marley. My mind went back in time to re-experience the years in which I came to know this phenomenon in the hope to find an answer. 50 . When it happened a third time I woke up and smelled the coffee. Being from an evangelical back ground myself.

regardless of the abundance of argumentation. It can’t be done by writing letters to Christafari in which it is explained how the definition of Rastafari and the methodology of “witnessing to Rastas” have no biblical and logical basis. the Christian Contemporary Musical Industrial Complex. I actively and passively participated in discussions and debates about almost every subject you can think of in this context. It can’t also be done by trying to publicly debate Christafari associates. So I didn’t only document and observe what was going on. Until I found that statement by Christafari. Fill that gap intellectually and you directly take away the foundation on which Christafarianism rests. ready to use violence against the Christians. in the hope that the thirsty Christafarian who reads along realizes his thirst.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. what shouldn’t be done in order to get the Christafarian out of the dangerous position he unknowingly finds himself in? Before you know it you find yourself in the middle of a debate in which you will never be able to reach to the point because of the many distractions. But that doesn’t say a thing about the Christafarians! As we saw before. it is impossible for Christafarianism to exist. the absence of an anti marijuana stance is enough to “doubt your salvation”. because at best you’ll get a private response. is spared to maintain that gap. From the name to the game to the fame. so it seems. And no effort. Be Like A Rasta" But without these expenses. Then I realized why there is little use to try to ease the pressure between Rastafarians and Christafari. But we also shouldn’t leave the Christafarian in the position in which he finds himself in now. Fill that gap by simply existing with your Jah given identity as a Yesus Dread and find yourself back as involuntary subject of public “scrutiny” in which it doesn’t even matter what you say about Yesus Kristos or Selassie. The crucial question is: how do we achieve that? I found out the hard way. everything is based on an alleged gap between Christianity and Rastafari. Can we blame the Christafarian when all the info he gets comes from evangelical sources? No. the Christafarians are taken into a certain mindset that pictures Rastafarians as enemies of Yesus Kristos. literally stating that Christafarianism was nothing more and nothing less than the culture Christafari created with their fan base to get a place at the top of the CCMIC. 51 .

CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. Witness what the water does with you. not only where the water is. He will then realize his thirst and wonder how he could ever been so blind to deny the faith of so many of his Brothers and Sisters in Yesus Kristos who are born again through Messiah Yeshua just as he. Show him how to drink. Be Like A Rasta" But it can be done if we witness to the Christafarian. 52 . Drink from the water of your argumentation.

Messian Dread Netherlands. concerns and critiques concerning the philosophy that he created. I definitely do not want to deny his faith in Yesus Kristos. I know I am not the only one. In fact I am only one out of many. Be Like A Rasta" AFTERWORD When I concluded the last chapter of this essay with a call to witness to the Christafarian. Although I’ve never had the chance to have an in-depth debate with him. I didn’t forget about my own inability to effectively do so as much as I would have wanted. and JAH. I am willing to do this at any time. This is not about me. I wish everyone who has read this essay a lot of wisdom from JAH. In the end this is about Yesus Kristos and His Name should never be trademarked or used as an alibi for things He never told us to do. October 2004 53 . And it’s also not about Mark Mohr. A look at the emails I receive about it tells me enough. He came across as a decent nice person when I met him in 2003. my Father. a Messian (Christian) Dread.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. A Yesus Dread. I have nothing against Mark Mohr or any Christafari associate or Christafarian personally. many actually do call me a Rasta and I do not mind because I know that when someone who knows Rastafari calls me a Rasta this means he does not want to deny my faith and my respect for Haile Selassie. I have only researched and analyzed Christafarianism. One Love. I know that I am a dread from creation. Although I do not call myself a Rastafarian. just had theological and philosophical debates in which I found out much more behind the argumentation and structures that keeps the motor running. But I have a lot of doubts. I am connected with the movement of Rastafari as a part of my Identity and I believe I have received that Identity from my Creator. but that’s about all I can do.

.......................................10 authorities............................... 25 D damage control..............10 Babylonian church................................................11 Babylonian influences to be found in the evangelical movement.....53 call yourself a Rasta.............................. 18............. 7 Christians with a ministry to Rastafarians.......... 45 Christian heavy metal music ............ 52 denying the faith of “the” Rastafarians... 26.......................................................................................39 believe that the Saviour has come back...................................................................................................... 42 Christian Heavy Metal scene...........................35 associate of Christafari ......................................... 49.......................................................................... 17.........................40 American evangelical Christianity ..........................13....... 47.. QUOTES AND THOUGHTS " "Who am I to deny their faith?.........9 baptism....... 8 destroy the relationship between Rastafarians and (other) Christians.................................................................................... 49 Christafarian denied the faith of a brother in Kristos ..............49 Christafarian .......... 23 CHRISTOPHER Columbus......43 Christafari message boards.............................. “certain Rastafarians”............ 22........15... 32....................... 23 Christofos Colonus ..............39 authoritative hierarchical systems...................14 Christafari admitted that there are Rastafarians who do not believe Selassie to be Yesus.............................. the Christian Contemporary Musical Industrial Complex............................................................ 13 christafarized aspects of Rastafari........ 37...................................................................11 “Who am I to deny their faith”..................................... 14 Christoforos.45......40 Abuna Yesehaq..........................35 A a call to manipulation.....................7 “ “deny the faith” of these.................................. 23 Christopher Columbus.....32 1 12 Tribes of Israel...........................46 anathema on the movement of Rastafari ....................................................... 34 Christafarianism................................25 CCM ................ 44.......... 18........................................................... 42....... 24 Christian Rastafarians ............... 34 Christafari defines Rastafarians......................................................................................... 23 Christopher........................................... 40........................... 47 CCMIC.....................................................14......... 45...................................... 27 commercialization of Rastafari.......................................20 B Babylon Sponsored Christianity ................................................................................................ 26......................................................................................... 49 CHRISTAFARIAN...............40 Catholics........ 49 crime against the Rastafari movement....................... 29 “Who am I to deny their faith?”.............51 chosen by God.......................18 black church ..............................................................8 BIOLA University.........................41............................................................................ 43......44 Christ and Tafari ....................27................................................................. 50 Christafarianism: the culture we created with in our fan base .... 50 Christafari's definition of Rasta... 30 definition of Rastafari ..... 19 C call myself a Rastafarian ................................................................................................................................................................... 28 cultural differences ...9 black metal...........................42........................................................ 49 Christafarian Methodology.............. 42 Christian Contemporary Music Industrial Complex ................. 50 Christafarianism directly denies the faith of those within the movement of Rastafari........................ 50 David ................................................................................................................... 17 54 ................... 45 continue Christafarianism............................................................................ 14................................ 15............... 42 Christian Contemporary Musical Industrial complex arm Babylonian musical industrial complex...... 46.................................... 23 commercial gain ................................. 50 CCMIC. 28......................... 49 Christian concerts ........................................................................................... 43 definition of a Christian..................... 47 Christafarians................................................................................. as Selassie called them...............10 Babylonian way of thinking in Christianity......35 Christafari's Mark Mohr being threatened....................... 9................................................. 46 Buju Banton........7 Be Like A Rasta.......... 28........................23 Bob Beeman .......... 46 define Rastafarians as non-Christians who hate Yesus ............................................................ 40 Christian researchers .... 40............37 all thing to all men...................................................................................7 “who am I to deny their faith?”..................... Be Like A Rasta" AN UNUSUAL INDEX OF SUBJECTS.............. 43.........CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta......................29 Christafari considered Rastas..................................... 47 Christians who believe that the Saviour has already come back ................................ 26 Contemporary Christian Musical Industrial Complex......................20............................................... 41.... 32 deny the faith of so many of his Brothers and Sisters in Yesus Kristos....................................................

..........................................................9 extreme hierarchical kind of thinking .... 21 Evangelicals ......... 22 Manfredo..................................................................................... 22........... 34 New Agers..................... 40 I follo w Christ................................ 31 Lions of Judah that we know the Ethiopian rulers to be ........9 differentiation between Jesus Christ and Haile Selassie................................................................................... 20 houses of Rastafari............. 31 M main ingredient for the offence that is perceived in the Rastafarian community ....................... 10 impossible for Christafarianism to exist............................................ Be Like A Rasta" difference between a Palestinian Christian and a Palestinian Muslim.................29 Ethiopians honor Haile Selassie.................................. 39 Icons Of Christ ......44 fundamental difference in approach of the movement of Rastafari ............... 19 Jamaica ...................................................................41 evangelical movement ................29 dreadlocked Christians who are a part of the Rastafarian Culture ........ 7............................... 30 music that promotes Satanism....................... 41 Musical Industrial Complex arm of Babylon System..........37 Ethiopian Orthodox Church................................................................ 7 Heavy Metal scene......................................................................................................30 Ethiopian King.36 imams ..................................................9 false churches..........................................37 marijuana.............................................................................37 different religions ................9 evangelicals ....................... 25 Ethiopian Church has baptized many Rastafarians ..... 30........... 22 new age............................................................................30 Ethiopian Church....................... 10 mission trips............................ 37 Judy Mowatt............ 36........................CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta... 35 J JAH Incarnated in the flesh.............9 G Gad. 35..7 Ethiopian kings................ 51 inauguration party for Bill Clinton .......... 51 marketing schemes in proselyting efforts ........................................ 11..............................................................................................41 Evangelical House of Christianity............... 14................................................................................... ............ 45 Lion of Judah. 9................................... 46 motivation for believing Selassie to be Jah.............37 different view on Rastafari......................35 Don’t Be A Rasta............................................................................................... 38 image.....................37 difference between culture and religion .................................................................................. 35................................................... 46 Morals and Tour Commitment .................................................................... 8.............. 9.......37 Ire FM .................9 evangelical churches throughout the world...................... 45 N Nazism...........................45.................................... 18............................................. 31.............................................................................30 justifiable to speak about Christafarianism....9 F faith aimed at Yesus.................................................................................................. 10 Jah Yard .....................................................10 fear for other cultures......................................................... 37 Ethiopian World Federation....37 Dub Missive ........................................ 7......... 13 inevitable result of Christafarianism................................................................................................................... 18 L lack of Christian reggae in the CCM business industry....21........................................9 foundation on which Christafarianism rests................................ 37 I I am of Christ................................7 false Christ.................................................................................39 Dread Jesus................................................................................................................................... 31........................................................................................................7 E ease the pressure between Christafari and Rastafarians..................................................18...... 7...................................18....................... 36 image of Christafari ..........50 elements of Christafarianism influenced by Babylon system...38 evangelical.................... 21 Moses ....................17 Emperor Constantine ....................................................................................................................................... 30... 25 Nicean Creed ............................. 32 Lions of Judah..............10 Ethiopia ..............18.........................9................................................51 Founder Of Christian Reggae Music.........................................30....................................... 36 H Haile Selassie ..................................................................................................................................... 30.............................. 37...................................... 30 Evangelical world ......30 55 ..... 29.............................. 29.................................. 39 Haile Selassie tried to lead the movement of Rastafari ...............................................41 hierarchy of the church sy........................................................................ 31 Ethiopian Orthodox Christian point of view............. 35..... 32.......................... 19 mix business and marketing schemes with biblical concepts............................................

.....................18 pretending to be Christians.......).... 9..............27 RASTAFARI .........................................29 Rastafarians ....17 planting churches......11.38 sub culture of Christafarianism....11 Rastafarians who do not believe that Haile Selassie is God ..... 19.........8 provocateurs ...................................................................46 Paul ........................................50 Rastafari is being presented as the enemy in a war against Christianity ................. 28.........f...................................................................25 Preterism...... 41 Selassie didn’t want to be worshipped as Christ..............35 Rastafarian................................................... 27 White Geezus............. 11 T teachings of Christafari ............. “preachers”......................26 P Pastor Bob Beeman............................................................................................................... 46 respect for Haile Selassie........................ 41 witness to a Christafarian ...........................................................................................49 Q questioning “authority” ........................................42 pastor goes in business...e......................... 34 use certain outward aspects of Rastafarian culture 26 using the symbology of Rastafari................................i............................................................... 23 the Gathering was directly related to the situation in which the US government had put his w...................... 23............................................ 23 the story of Christianity ................ 23 White Metal” culture .......................... 43 Satanistical elements ........40 philosophy and theology of Christafarianism.................................................................35 Rastafarian movement did not only consist of those worshipping him as God ............................. 38 U Universalists ..............18................32 Peter................................................. 10 Types of Christ .............................................. Fellowship and Evangelism (W.................................................................................................... denominations.................................................................. 49 veneration of Haile Selassie ................................... Instruction. 25.............................................................19........ 39 V valid points within Christafarianism..................................26 reasoning with Christafarians on their own ground ............................. 35 the Gathering ............................................... 28 Satanistic heavy metal freaks and Rastafarians ................................................. 9 system of “pastors”.................................. 24 white metal................................. outside of the Body of Kristos?.....................CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta.................................... 46 system of “churches”.................................... 35 trashing the Rasatafarian Faith ................... 29...............................................................................................................................................24 open reasoning between Rastafarians and Christians .............................................. 43 people of the Ethiopian Church....................7 Rastafarian organization making clear statements about difference Rastafari and Christ......... 37 W western Christianity........................11 R Ras Tafari speak about Rastafari .......................... biggest....................................... 10 Solomonic Bloodline. 46 Satanistic Heavy Metal fans.............................F..................24 Rastaish Image Of Christafari.................................. 9......... 39..... 32 veneration of Selassie.......................14 Rastafari‘s different houses ................................................28 Rasta website describes Christafarianism... 7 tenets of Rastafari ........................................................................................ 17 white geezus.................. 40 Pentecostal......................33 Rastas deny Christ as their Lord and Saviour as a key element of the definition of Rastafari? ...................49 Reggae Branch of the CCMIC....... 23 The Gathering is founded on four key pillars: Worship.............................................. 49 teachings of His Majesty................ 9 shamen.......................... 11 thinkers and workers who are actively promoting Christafarianism.....................I......................35 Rastafari as a religious movement that worships Haile Selassie as God or Christ.................................. 10 S Sanctuary.............. Be Like A Rasta" O only reason why Christafari is using the colors ................7 Rastafarians will at least be respectful towards genuine Christianity.......................................................11...........................................29 reach the Rastas ................... 49 56 ............................................. 53 riding along the Rastaman bandwagon.7 Rasta as a "Christ-less" (without Christ) teaching................................................ 47 throne of David................................. 43 true church........................................................... 35 Rastafarians who worshipped him as God..................24 Rasta really a religion? ........................................................................................ 19 The Gathering.....................................24......................... 27 Roman Empire into a “Christian Empire” ...............................20..............................5 Rastafari in Christian publications......................... 25..........E.......................................... 7 Selassiean Approach..... 40 Paulus ............................ 11 Rastafarians enemies of Yesus Kristos?...........29 Rastafarians no longer be the “main target group”26 Rastafarians speak about the “White Geezus ...................................................36 Rastafarian organization.............

......................................................................... 25 Y Yesehaq ......................... 29 Yesus Dread.. 53 Yesus explicitly warned for these “mediators” and “spiritual leaders ....................................................51 X Xianity.......................... Be Like A Rasta" Witnessing to Rastas ............ 25... 10.................................................. instead of worshipping God wrong......... 11.... 24.............. 9...........................8 writing letters to Christafari........................51........................ 34 worshipping a wrong God... 10 57 ........................................CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta..................................49 wolf in sheep’s clothing ................

use caution! What if the girl lied about her age? Christafari does not promote 58 . I just feel that there is a higher level of intimacy that occurs when opposite sexes share a private setting and discuss spiritual matters. l don't want anyone in our band to be pulling the heart-strings of our concert attendees or taking them for an emotional roller coaster ride (not that they would). l just don't want anything to happen that we might regret It is not that l dont trust my band members-1 trust them with my life. had sex with her. we realize that hormones are not to be taken lightly. r guess a good question for our band members to ask is "Would they be carded at a 21 and over event?" If so. Furthermore. l am not saying that our band members cant ever talk or minister to someone of the opposite sex. It is easier to avoid the entire opportunity then to get out of a very uncomfortable situation. We will pray with each other before all shows. But most importantly is the physical development of teens these days. but one cannot ignore the early development of so many teenage girls lately. l say this with caution. raped her or got her pregnant.. Under circumstances like these it is better for one of our male band members to bring in my wife and give an opportunity for same -sex ministry to take place (which can often be much more effective and personal). or any sexual relations outside of marriage. For both legal and spiritual reasons. In a public setting with witnesses. in this day and age with the Clinton Scandals and many secular artist living the "rock and roll lifestyle. We will take advantage of these times by being available to individually minister to others. Other exceptions may be granted by Mark Mohr. This is what l am trying to avoid.. but must be approved in advance.. Wives and family members are excepted. this was set in place for both legal and spiritual reasons.. She definitely caught the eyes of the young single men in our band. If it is not a public setting they need to take at least one other band member with them for accountability purposes... First of all." Our goal is not to separate ourselves from our fans. my band members are encouraged to minister to anyone in need. An example of this was at one of our recent shows. No person will be in the company of female(s) over 21 unless accompanied by one or more other members of the group for accountability." there is a greater possibility for a girl to say that a band member was intimate with her. I am not denying the viability of opposite-sex ministries. She had to be in collegeright? Wrong. However..CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta. all of our single band members are well over 21 and don't want to get involved in a relationship with someone that is significantly younger than them. Lastly. There was a very attractive and significantly developed girl that was hanging around our band after our performance. she just turned 16 with the body of a 19 year old. l also don't want to give any of our fans a false hope of a relationship with a band member. These false accusations could only come about if the two were alone in a private setting with no witnesses. Be Like A Rasta" i APPENDIX I: Christafari Morals and Tour Commitments: No person shall have premarital sex. l want to remain above approach. you may wonder why "No person will attain the address or phone number of any female under the age of 21?" As it Is stated in the missions statement. Before and after each show are key times for ministry.. no person will be in the exclusive company of someone of the opposite sex under the age of 21. No person will attain the address or phone number of any female under the age of 21. However.

It is better safe then sorry Ultimately. Our goal is to effectively minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who have ears to hear using the highest level of accountability possible to remain above reproach 59 . ! hope that you understand the spirit of our commitment. l know that our regulations may seem harshbut they are effective and giver our stance we have never had a problem concerning this matter. Be Like A Rasta" relationships with minors and will avoid such a situation at all costs.CHRISTAFARIANISM or "Don't Be A Rasta.

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